cash crop


: a readily salable crop (such as cotton or tobacco) produced or gathered primarily for market

Examples of cash crop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And, however it is pumped, the extra water available will also encourage farmers to adopt more intensive farming methods, using more fertilizer and machinery to grow thirstier cash crops, increasing the carbon footprint of the farm. Fred Pearce, WIRED, 9 Mar. 2024 Establishing a cover crop can be challenging during Wisconsin’s short growing season, and some farmers may fear that doing so would negatively impact their cash crop. Journal Sentinel, 15 Feb. 2024 In much of southern and eastern Africa, maize became the major food grain, while, in some places, cash crops for export, like cotton and tobacco, were prevalent. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, 22 Jan. 2024 In the 1920s, the Soviet government began to drain the sea for irrigation of cotton and other cash crops. Victoria Milko, Quartz, 8 Feb. 2024 With the costs of fighting Oregon’s wildfires climbing, the timber industry worked with policymakers behind closed doors to develop legislation that would reduce what industrial forest owners pay for protecting their cash crop from flames. Rob Davis, ProPublica, 2 Feb. 2024 Most of her neighbors were farmers, growing cash crops like grain, and Ahmadi’s parents did the same. Alexis Okeowo, Vogue, 30 Jan. 2024 Its only cash crop now is attention, and Adams’s business out-earns most American farms. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2023 Whether Nepal will build an equitable industry and give its farmers back their cash crop depends on its politicians. Sean Williams, Harper's Magazine, 11 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cash crop was in 1868

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“Cash crop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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