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Cash Crop
2013-08-05 12:49:51

Cash crop is a term used to reference a profitable crop for farmers. Plants like cotton and tobacco are a few cash crops farmer tend to deal with. These crops do not stay with the farmer for their livestock feed or used in the home, rather, in many cases they are exported; thus creating revenue for the farmer. The price of cash crops is largely based on supply and demand in more developed...

Intercropping
2013-07-31 15:20:47

Intercropping is growing crops of multiple products in a specific area. Using the property for more than one crop serves dual purposes such as adding structural support along with providing needed nutrients as well as weed and pest control. Careful consideration and control is required when intercropping. Considerations such as soil content, the amount of water needed for each crop and the...

Seed Drilling
2013-05-18 07:39:11

Seed drilling is a method used by farmers in order to have a more unified, crop-yielding season. The first known use of seed drilling was in 1500 BC by the Sumerian. At this time, they were using a single tube. Later, in the 2nd Century BC, the Chinese developed a multi-tube iron drill. This facilitated in a larger crop planting allowing them to feed their large population. The first...

Erosion
2013-04-01 12:48:39

Erosion is the process by which rock and soil are taken from the surface of the Earth by exogenetic processes like wind or the flow of water, and then transported and deposited in another location. While erosion is a natural process, human activities have increased by 10 to 40 times the rate at which erosion is happening globally. Excessive erosion results in problems such as...

Dryland Farming
2013-03-15 11:32:48

Dryland farming is farming without the aid of irrigation and only with the amount of rain fall given by Mother Nature. Dryland farming is typical in arid regions such as Southwestern United States, Mexico, the Middle East, and other regions that are known for growing grains. Dryland farming is practiced in all parts of Australia with the exception of the Northern Territory. Process...

Cover Crop
2013-03-15 11:18:24

Image Caption: Painter of the burial chamber of Sennedjem. A Plowing Farmer. Credit: Yorck Project/Wikipedia Cover crops are crops that are planted to improve the quality of the soil, also known as green manure. Cover crops add fertility to the soil, control weeds and pests as well as control diseases that can be otherwise found in untreated soil. Cover crops increases the organic matter...

Crop Rotation
2013-03-03 09:16:36

Image Caption: Effects of crop rotation and monoculture at the Swojec Experimental Farm, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences. In the front field, the "Norfolk" crop rotation sequence (potatoes, oats, peas, rye) is being applied; in the back field, rye has been grown for 45 years in a row. Credit: Leslaw Zimny/Wikipedia Crop rotation is the practice of planting different...

Agronomy for Sustainable Development
2012-06-04 18:51:36

Agronomy for Sustainable Development is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by Springer Science+Business Media. The journal was founded in 1981, at which time less than 10 percent of published material was in English. The journal underwent a series of major changes from 2003 to 2006, including the addition of extra field editors, switching from hardcopy to full electronic managing,...

Agronomy for Sustainable Development
2012-05-07 07:00:51

Agronomy for Sustainable Development is a peer-reviewed scientific journal established in 1981 as “Agronomie.”  It is published by Springer Science+Business Media. It is managed under the authority of two National Institute of Agronomical Research (INRA) departments: the Departments of Environment and Agronomy, and Sciences for Action and Development. Submitted articles are first evaluated...

Microclimate
2009-07-04 14:12:50

A microclimate is a local atmospheric zone where the climate differs from surrounding areas. This term may refer to areas as small as a few square feet, or as large as many square miles. Common areas where microclimates exist are, for example, near bodies of water where the water can cool the local atmosphere and dense urban areas where brick, asphalt, and concrete absorb the sun's energy, heat...

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obdormition
  • Sleep; the state or condition of being asleep.
  • The state or condition of numbness of a part due to pressure on a nerve: as, the obdormition of a limb.
The word 'obdormition' comes from a Latin word meaning "to fall asleep".
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