# Sq. ft in an acre.

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Joe in MO, Nov 4, 2004.

1. ### Joe in MOActive Member

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Can someone tell me what is the square foot in one acre?
Thanks,
Joe

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204 * 204 = 41616

3. ### fordyWell-Known Member

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........................1 acre = 43,560 sq. feet.......208.xx x 209.xx ---I , can't remember the decimals . 640 acres in a section = 1 square mile on each side...fordy....

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Yup fordy, you are right! my bad... 208 x 208 plus a little... my brain wasn't working... thanks.

5. ### ramblerWell-Known MemberSupporter

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43560 - memorized that when I was about 15. Funny what you need to know when you grow up on a farm....

--->Paul

6. ### AlexWell-Known Member

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Yup, also, Frody is correct.

In the words of Alex Trebec, "Precisely!"

7. ### Oilpatch197Well-Known Member

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so is that on FLAT ground? how about a hill?

How is a acre Mesured?

Is it measured in a flat plain, or is it measured with the contours of the land(like if you were on a slope, you would have more "surface area" than somone on flat ground?

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Flat plane

9. ### Oilpatch197Well-Known Member

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so if your a farmer, you want hilly ground, because it gives you more surface area, thus you grow more crops on one acre.

10. ### RossModeratorStaff MemberSupporter

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Except hilly ground is a pain in the rear to grow row crops on, Try pulling a cultivator up hill! Most hills are made of rocky soils so there's more work there too. Then there is erosion and nutrient/seed displacement pooling of water and drainage headaches. You'll grow more on a controlable surface. Might be a point for pasture or hay land but it'd have to be very hilly to make alot of difference. and I'd still prefer flat.

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While were on the subject I found out if your on a township NW boundary in MI your property is narrower in the north than the south end because of the curvature of the earth and how sections are made up on 10 acres it was about 10'. I think they take all the losses out of the last section or something like that.

mikell

12. ### wy_white_wolfJust howling at the moon

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Look at a treed hillside. The trees grow up and not perpindicular to ground thus taking up the same area on the flat plane as if the ground was level.

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14. ### Jan DolingWell-Known Member

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There seems to be more square footage if you are the one who has to mow it!

15. ### AlexWell-Known Member

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Acre is a mathematical attempt to describe a physical phenomena. Like all Physics and Math, "acre" is a contrived convenience to make Nature fit into, legal, surveying, and man's requirements.

So, still, 43,560 ft2, projected onto the earth is DEFINED as one acre.

Alex