cash crop


Definition of cash crop 

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

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The tomato and pepper plants that once filled some of those greenhouses have been replaced with a new cash crop: marijuana. Gene Johnson, The Seattle Times, "More than 100 pot shops set to open as Canada legalizes weed," 11 Oct. 2018 Many Dutch farmers, by contrast, cultivated cash crops for distant consumers. Dagomar Degroot, Washington Post, "Some places flourished in the Little Ice Age. There are lessons for us now.," 19 Feb. 2018 Hardest hit in the early rounds of the trade fight are likely to be U.S. exports of sport-utility vehicles as well as soybeans and other cash crops, and, on the Chinese side, exports of auto parts and medical instruments. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "In Tariff Fight With Trump, China Scraps Plan to Strike First," 4 July 2018 Until then, the soil needs to recover from seasons of chemicals left from the cash crops planted by a farmer who rented the land from Franciscan friars at the Shrine of St. Anthony. Yvonne Wenger, Washington Post, "Baltimore’s Franciscan Center to farm land in Howard County to help feed the city’s poor," 1 May 2018 So, many farmers stopped raising livestock for the manure and focused only on cash crops, like corn and soybeans, which go into many products. Emily Hopkins,, "Your produce is less healthy than it was 70 years ago. These farmers might change that," 4 July 2018 True or False: Red Cross founder Clara Barton shipped 1.5 million strawberry plants to the community after the 1900 storm devastated local orchards, sparking growth of the fruit as a important cash crop. Carissa D. Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "How much do you know about Pasadena history?," 19 June 2018 Legalization has strong support among Oceanside farmers, who see it as a cash crop to replace traditional farm products such as tomatoes and avocados that are being forced out by the increasing costs of water and labor. Phil Diehl,, "Commission supports legal medical marijuana for Oceanside," 13 Mar. 2018 Turning soybeans into a major cash crop was the work of government. Marc Levinson, WSJ, "‘Magic Bean’ Review: A Legume’s World Conquest," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of cash crop

1868, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cash crop

: a crop (such as tobacco or cotton) that is grown to be sold rather than for use by the farmer

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