Yes, this site offers information and tips. But first, what is crop farming? This is the theme of this site.
On one hand, it is the type of farming that is engaged mainly in the production of agricultural crops. On the other hand, there is livestock farming or animal husbandry which deals with animal production. However, both terms have many more meanings depending on whose point of view.
Crop farming can refer to a business or enterprise in which an individual or corporate investor ventures in the commercial production of crops. Examples are many individuals who either own or lease large tracts of farmlands. Others engage in corporate farming for the large-scale production of selected crops such as sugarcane, oil palm, rubber, coffee, pineapple, banana and other fruits, tomato, cassava, corn, cotton and soybean.
But for those small marginal farmers, it is a means of livelihood and sustenance for the basic needs of the family. Many of them are barely educated who inhabit the most remote of rural areas and are always short of cash. They are those who are prone to introduce themselves as “I’m just a farmer”.
The word “farming” is a synonym of “agriculture”. Notable examples of synonymous usage are in the following terms in which the word farming is oftenly substituted with by agriculture and vice versa: sustainable farming, urban farming, organic farming, and precision farming. Online search of the keywords “department of farming” and “ministry of farming” yielded millions of results but, instead of farming, it’s agriculture.
Similarly, this site uses crop farming and crop agriculture interchangeably. Both terms should apply more to the study of or engaging in crop production applying scientific principles and appropriate technology. The terms should also be synonymous with crop science.
This site is cognizant that in order to be more efficient in crop production, the farmer or farm manager should possess substantial understanding of the basics and has acquired the necessary skills. He also ought to become well informed of verified technologies and of recent scientific advances.
This site covers the science and practice of crop farming including home gardening. It offers online reviewers on the fundamentals or principles of crop production. These include, but not limited to, the basics in related sciences and special fields such as botany, genetics, plant physiology, plant growth and development, plant nutrition and fertility, plant naming and crop classifications, and plant propagation.
It likewise shares online references on various agricultural technologies. It provides how-to guides in growing selected crops.
It helps in preserving and disseminating unique practices. Indeed, some farmers and gardeners can provide a wealth of information on practical, sustainable methods. If only made known, these can become valuable basis for formal research or simulated application. It’s a waste if all these are lost.
Ultimately, this site hopes to reach out to the underprivileged marginal farmers who call themselves “just farmers”. Yes they are reachable, one way of which is via the privileged who can have access to this site.
(modified Aug. 21, 2014)