standing crop


Definition of standing crop

: the total amount or number of living things or of one kind of living thing (such as an uncut farm crop, the fish in a pond, or organisms in an ecosystem) in a particular area at any given time

Examples of standing crop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wildlife officials cited the later timing of the season, relative lack of snow and high amount of standing crops for this year's lower deer harvest. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Deer hunter mistakenly kills two elk in northern Wisconsin," 29 Nov. 2019 Despite the high deer population, leading factors such as the late timing of the hunt, high amount of standing crops, lack of snow cover for most of the season and fewer hunters were tilted toward a lower harvest this year. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Deer kill down 25% for Wisconsin's nine-day gun hunting season, the lowest in 39 years," 3 Dec. 2019 Water-logging caused by drain blockages not only harms the standing crop but also prevents farmers from planting any new seeds. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "Ten numbers that sum up the damage caused by the Indian monsoon this year," 29 July 2019 Over 6,000 square kilometres of standing crops have been damaged, and farmers in the north of the country will not be able to replant their paddies. The Economist, "The soaked subcontinentIndia and Pakistan are seeing more intense monsoon rains," 2 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of standing crop

1861, in the meaning defined above

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“Standing crop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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