Crop

A crop is a volunteered or cultivated plant (any plant) whose produce is harvested by man at some point of its growth stage. plants which have not been cultivated but whose produce are harvested, are not really classified as crops the same goes for plants which have been planted are are never harvested. flowers are classified as crops because when it has been cultivated, its harvesting also include the aesthetic purpose it serves. Crops refer to plants that are grown on a large scale for food, clothing, and other human uses. They are non-animal species or varieties grown to be harvested as food, livestock fodder, fuel or for any other economic purpose (for example, for use as dyes, medicinal, and cosmetic use).

Major crops include sugarcane, pumpkin, maize (corn), wheat, rice, cassava, soybeans, hay, potatoes and cotton. While the term "crop" most commonly refers to plants, it can also include species from other biological kingdoms. For example, mushrooms like shiitake, which are in the fungi kingdom, can be referred to as "crops". In addition, certain species of algae are also cultivated, although it is also harvested from the wild. In contrast, animal species that are raised by humans are called livestock, except those that are kept as pets. Microbial species, such as bacteria or viruses, are referred to as cultures. Microbes are not typically grown for food, but are rather used to alter food. For example, bacteria are used to ferment milk to produce yogurt.

Based on the growing season, the crops grown in India can be classified as kharif crop and rabi crops.

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Famous quotes containing the word crop:

    And, by the way, who estimates the value of the crop which nature yields in the still wilder fields unimproved by man? The crop of English hay is carefully weighed, the moisture calculated, the silicates and the potash; but in all dells and pond-holes in the woods and pastures and swamps grows a rich and various crop only unreaped by man.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    I, Alphonso, live and learn,
    Seeing Nature go astern.
    Things deteriorate in kind;
    Lemons run to leaves and rind;
    Meagre crop of figs and limes;
    Shorter days and harder times.
    Flowering April cools and dies
    In the insufficient skies.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    The prairies were dust. Day after day, summer after summer, the scorching winds blew the dust and the sun was brassy in a yellow sky. Crop after crop failed. Again and again the barren land must be mortgaged for taxes and food and next year’s seed. The agony of hope ended when there was not harvest and no more credit, no money to pay interest and taxes; the banker took the land. Then the bank failed.
    Rose Wilder Lane (1886–1968)