cash crop


Definition of 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 Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, South Africa, and Ghana are among the African countries that have also taken steps to encourage cannabis farming as a legal cash crop. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 2 June 2021 Diverse forests are clear-cut, herbicides employed to kill the undergrowth — ferns, berries, herbs — anything that could draw nutrients away from the cash crop. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2021 Cover crops, unlike cash crops that are ultimately harvested, are planted when the ground would otherwise be bare between cash crop seasons. Safia Samee Ali, NBC News, 22 Apr. 2021 As the wave of legalization of recreational cannabis and industrial hemp sweeps the nation, the economic potential of hemp as a cash crop is huge. Deidre Dyer, Vogue, 20 Apr. 2021 Serrated leaves and flowers glisten with what appears to be a light frost, a promising sign for a cash crop nearing maturity. Mark Pazniokas,, 22 Feb. 2021 The backcountry was suitable only for growing short-staple cotton, which was not a viable cash crop until Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin in 1793 and transformed the inland South into a cotton kingdom. Charlotte Allen, Washington Examiner, 18 Feb. 2021 In her documentary film debut, Mexican Ethiopian director Jessica Beshir reveals the world of khat, a flowering plant, and Ethiopia’s cash crop. Aramide Tinubu, Essence, 29 Jan. 2021 The latest cash crop on U.S. farms doesn’t need to be shipped to markets. Paul Page, WSJ, 24 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of cash crop

1868, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cash crop was in 1868

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7 Jun 2021

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“Cash crop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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