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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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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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The Role of Farm Machinery

Although crop production can in theory be controlled almost entirely by a mixture of chemicals — fertilisers, pesticides and weedkillers — most farmers still use large pieces of machinery in various stages of cultivation. Farmers cultivate the land for four … Continue reading

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Beef Herds: Old and Not so Old

The faces of beef cattle peering over a farm hedge is a typical image of British farming. Today’s breeds range from the ancient Herefords to the recently introduced Chianinas and Simmentals. The beef cattle of the British Isles have undergone … Continue reading

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Farming and Wildlife

Today’s agricultural practices exert immense pressures on the appearance and wildlife of the countryside. But there are encouraging signs as farmers and conservationists get together. In recent years the conservation of the countryside has assumed special importance and has attracted … 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

27. July 2011 by admin
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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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Animals on the Farm

The south and east of England may have been turned over to arable farming in a big way, but farms in much of the rest of Britain still rely on farm animals for their main income. The United Kingdom is … Continue reading

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