Farm Crops

How to maximize the growth of your field crops

Many farmers choose the convenience of relying on field crops for profit, rather than raising animals. While farm crops require a lot of work, particularly when planting and harvesting, most farmers can start up a crop with a lot less capital than is required to purchase livestock. Furthermore, with proper crop rotation, you can constantly have a crop in production (even winter crops), which means there is a higher chance for profit.

Organic farming has quickly become popular in North America, where consumers are more concerned with the ill effects of chemical use on their food. It may seem like more work, but keeping organic agricultural crops is quite easy if you have the right tools.

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Cash Crops

Cash crops are the produce you grow for sale, rather than for farm or animal use. Organic cash crops are crops that are free of pesticides and chemicals. The key to good organic cash crop growing is to choose the right location to farm, and to grow crops that are welcome to that environment.

Most farm chemical use is based on the need to remove weeds, repel insects and grow larger crops. If you don't want to use chemicals on your cash crops, choosing a product that will naturally grow in your area is the first step. If you're constantly fighting nature to get something to grow, it's hard to make it organic. Furthermore, if you're growing crops that are suited to your area and to your soil, you won't have to battle bad insects as much.

You also need to choose the right type of land. Dry soil, poor irrigation systems and windy conditions can all affect your crops' ability to grow, and will necessitate the need for chemical growth agents.

Crop Dusting

Crop dusting is the application of insecticide or fertilizer onto crops using an airplane. The plane flies low over the crops and sprays liquid over the land, covering both the crops and the soil. While this is a convenient way to care for large fields of crops, an organic farmer will have to pay close attention to the types of dusting being done, not only on his or her own farm, but on surrounding farms.

The problem with crop dusting is it isn't the most accurate way to apply materials to the crops. A duster can't guarantee that the spray will remain in the area it's being applied to, so if you're an organic farmer and you see your neighbor dusting, you will want to make sure you know what is being sprayed in case it contaminates your own crops.