field crop


Definition of field crop

: an agricultural crop (such as hay, grain, or cotton) grown on large areas

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Recent Examples on the Web Mr Saade estimates the value of field crops sold in 2020 at just $58m, down from $181m in 2018. The Economist, "Devaluation gardens Hobbyists hope to halt hunger in Lebanon by growing their own crops," 28 May 2020 Bulk field crops, such as wheat and rice, may never make sense for a vertical farm, and larger, heavier vegetables would be tricky to raise. The Economist, "New ways to make vertical farming stack up," 29 Aug. 2019 Some field crops, including staples such as rice and wheat, are unlikely ever to be suitable for growing in vast stacks. The Economist, "The foody benefits of farming vertically," 29 Aug. 2019 Labor demand in California agriculture is greatest for these fresh produce crops while most field crops rely heavily on mechanized planting and harvesting. Michael Greenberg, The New York Review of Books, "Farmworker Anxieties," 21 Feb. 2019 The yields are so high because soldier fly colonies can be stacked vertically, five to 10 per floor, in a way that isn’t possible with cattle or field crops. Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, "Maggots: A taste of food’s future," 3 July 2019 Production and/or prices have declined for cotton, sugar beets, and some other field crops, as well as dairy. Michael Greenberg, The New York Review of Books, "Farmworker Anxieties," 21 Feb. 2019 Another possibility might be to grow plants with particularly sensitive or potent defensive responses alongside field crops. Quanta Magazine, "The Secret Language of Plants," 16 Dec. 2013 The United States is having a historically adverse planting season for major field crops and Minnesota is at the core of the problem. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Weather, bad crops and lasting effects," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of field crop

1726, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jun 2020

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“Field crop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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