crop·​land | \ˈkräp-ˌland \

Definition of cropland 

: land that is suited to or used for crops

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In total, an estimated 7,408 square kilometres of land were cleared to make way for cattle pasture and croplands. Jeff Tollefson, Scientific American, "Deforestation Ticks Up in Brazil's Savanna," 13 July 2018 As these landscapes bent to humans' will, the birds followed suit, building their nests in hedgerows and eating croplands' insects and seeds. Tim Graham, National Geographic, "Around the World, Farmland Birds Are in Steep Decline," 1 June 2018 Just over 90 percent of cropland in the state still goes without cover crops. Emily Hopkins,, "Your produce is less healthy than it was 70 years ago. These farmers might change that," 4 July 2018 Such large rivers as the Colorado ran through deep chasms and hostile ground, mostly far from any potential cropland. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 Roden’s farm, near West Bend, milks about 600 cows and has 1,800 acres of cropland. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dairy farmers tell their story at West Allis Farmers Market," 16 June 2018 In the report, agricultural land is defined as nonfederal cropland, pastureland, rangeland and woodland used to support agriculture. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Report: America is losing its best farmland," 8 May 2018 Eastern farmers may have to abandon corn in favor of heartier wheat and even rangeland because large expanses of cropland might fail altogether without sufficient water. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "A Nation Divided: Arid/Humid Climate Boundary in U.S. Creeps Eastward," 27 Apr. 2018 However, this would have to be applied to half the cropland that has the highest phosphorus loss. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Study: After spending billions, fertilizer runoff feeding Lake Erie algae unchanged," 26 Apr. 2018

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1846, in the meaning defined above

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: land on which crops are grown

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