Harvest is the process of gathering mature crops from the fields. Reaping is the cutting of grain or pulse for harvest, typically using a scythe, sickle, or reaper. The harvest marks the end of the growing season, or the growing cycle for a particular crop, and social importance of this event makes it the focus of seasonal celebrations such as a harvest festival, found in many religions. On smaller farms with minimal mechanization, harvesting is the most labor-intensive activity of the growing season. On large, mechanized farms, harvesting utilizes the most expensive and sophisticated farm machinery, like the combine harvester. Harvesting in general usage includes an immediate post-harvest handling, all of the actions taken immediately after removing the crop—cooling, sorting, cleaning, packing—up to the point of further on-farm processing, or shipping to the wholesale or consumer market.
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Famous quotes containing the word harvest:
“REST IN PEACE. THE MISTAKE SHALL NOT BE REPEATED.”
—Anonymous. Quoted in The Harvest of a Quiet Eye, Alan L. Mackay (1977)
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few...”
—Bible: New Testament, Matthew 9:37.
“You are the harvest and not the reaper
And of your domain another is the keeper.”
—John Ashbery (b. 1927)