bag, noun

Origin:
English
An official unit of measurement (usually of grain), representing 70 kg (and formerly 200 lb). See also pocket.
Note:
Crop yields are often calculated in bags per morgen.
a1930 G. Baumann in Baumann & Bright Lost Republic (1940) 95Mealies were 2s.6d. a bag.
1937 Handbk for Farmers (Dept of Agric. & Forestry) 667The proportion of the world’s crop of maize produced in South Africa is small...The mean yield per morgen is a little less than 5 bags in South Africa.
1942 Off. Yr Bk of Union No. 22, 1941 (Union Office of Census & Statistics) 982Weights prescribed for a ‘Standard Bag’ of Agricultural Products...Mealie rice or maize grit..190 lb.
1972 Farmer’s Weekly 21 Apr. 12On lands which were specially treated during the experiment we expect crops in excess of 4500 kg/ha (50 bags a morgen).
1975 Economist Measurement Guide 71Bag or muid:..Rhodesia and South Africa..Wheat, rye, maize, millet and sorghum = 200 lb = 90.718 kg. Barley and oats = 150 lb = 68.039 kg.
1987 Frontline Feb. 33Farm labourers..were paid next to nothing (some farmers actually paid a grown man with children R20 a month — and a bag of mealie meal).
An official unit of measurement (usually of grain), representing 70 kg (and formerly 200 lb).
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