# Posts Tagged acrea

### What’s a hectare?

Posted by streubel in Uncategorized on December 13, 2012

One of the common questions we get comes when dealing with measurements in agriculture. The first is what is the difference between an acre and a hectare, whats a hectare, why us it, can I convert etc. The first difference is acres are used in the Imperial (American System) which takes up 43,560 square feet (13277 square meters) while a hectare is part of the metric system. A hectare is not part of the International System of Units (SI) but is the scientific standard for area. A hectare is 10,000 square meters (107,639 sq ft) which is also the size of the international rugby field. (a little fact I got from Google)

What if I want to convert from acres to hectares? When going from acres to hectares divide your acres by 2.471 example: 5 ac / 2.471 = 2.023 ha

OR you can go the other way and convert ha to ac by multiplying your ac by 2.471 example: 2.023 ha X 2.471 = 5 ac

How can I determine how much my garden, land, pot or crate is in acres?

1) find the your area in square feet by using the formal Length X Height

2) Then DIVIDE that by 43,560 sq ft (1 acre) – then from there you can convert to hectares.

Example 25×25 = 635 sq ft / 43560 = 0.o143 acres or / 2.471 = 0.0058 hectares.

Hope that helps – Dr. Dirt aka the Poopsmith