Row-Crop Farming

Row-Crop Farming

 

an intensive farming system in which most of the area used for crop rotation is occupied by row crops. The soil’s fertility is restored and increased owing to increased applications of organic and mineral fertilizers, the use of green manure, and other methods of soil improvement.

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Irrigated row-crop farming was practiced down south; we grew dryland hay and grain.
Even though the number of farms in Vermont is declining, state policies are encouraging farms to increase in size beyond the traditional Vermont-scale farm, creating more manure per acre and the need for more intensive row-crop farming that causes erosion.
It was used largely for row-crop farming and fruit growing, albeit unsuccessfully, and less than half was covered by forest, mainly mixed hardwoods.