Category Archives for Crops

Grassland: Grass for Grazing

Grassland — such a dominant feature of the landscape in this country — is not natural, but man-made and our most familiar species of grass are planted with a purpose. Grasslands in the British Isles are entirely man-made and have … Continue reading

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What Kind of ‘Corn’ Is That?

If you look closely you can easily identify the stubby upright ears of wheat, the long- bearded ears of barley, the shorter-bearded ears of rye and the dainty heads of oats. Cereals, which are cultivated grasses, provide the staple food … Continue reading

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Growing Crops on Arable Land

Arable fields lie undisturbed all winter, but as spring arrives they come to life. The farmer busies himself with tractor and plough, and intrepid insects, birds and other animals prepare to take their chances in this risky environment. At the … Continue reading

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Harvesting Grain, Grasses and Roots

Slicing inexorably through the ripe golden wheat, dwarfing its attendant tractors, the big combine harvester is an impressive symbol of modern mechanised agriculture. In a few hot, dusty hours it achieves a task which, a century ago, occupied the people … Continue reading

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Soil Types and Agriculture

The soil a farmer happens to have on his land dictates, to a great extent, the type of crops he is able to grow. Barley, for instance, does well on a light, calcareous soil, whereas wheat and beans are best … Continue reading

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Farming: Crops on the Farm

Arable farming is the most productive way of using fertile land. In terms of yield and food value, crops produce 5 or even 10 times as much per acre as animals, so it is little wonder that most fertile, readily … Continue reading

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Blossom Time in the British Orchards

Orchards in spring are a dazzling drift of blossom — from the lichened cider apple trees of Devon, the plum plantations of the Midlands and the rows of tall cooking-apple trees in the Fens to the neat ranks of apple … Continue reading

27. July 2011 by admin
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The Best British Brassicas

Britain has an ideal climate for most brassicas — the members of the cabbage family. Among them, Brussels sprouts, cabbages and cauliflower all produce a fine winter harvest. Cabbages, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower all belong to the same … Continue reading

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Farming Crops: Winter Vegetable Harvest

Vegetables such as carrots and turnips are so familiar that it is easy to forget they are actually roots — the hidden but vital parts of plants. The root system plays an essential part in the growth and development of … Continue reading

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Farm Crops: Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables

From modest origins in the suburban market garden, fruit and vegetable crops have moved into the big field and today are the subject of a highly capitalised industry. However, market gardens and pick-your-own farms make a good living as well. … Continue reading

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