LET'S explore Science, dare THE CHALLENGES OF Crop
Farming, and discover what lies beyond!

This web site operates as an information provider. But first, what is crop farming? This is the theme of this site. 

Farming being used interchangeably with the word "agriculture", it is the practice of producing agricultural crops. On the other side of agriculture there is livestock farming, or livestock production, or animal husbandry. However, there are plenty more about it. It is a science, a subject of study, a source of livelihood, a sustenance, an undertaking, an activity, a pursuit, an operation, a specialization, a hobby, an adventure, a challenge, an enigma, a major problem, plus some more.

Crop farming can refer to a business or enterprise in which an agri-entrepreneur ventures in the commercial production of crops. Many individuals own or lease large tracts of farmlands, while others engage in corporate farming for the large-scale production of selected crops for profit. Some crop examples are sugarcane, oil palm, rubber, pineapple, banana and other fruit crops, cassava, corn, cotton, soybean, tomato and other vegetables, and many more. The possibilities are wide.

But for those poor 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 humbly as “I’m just a farmer”.

This is the Home Page of CropsReview.Com. This is the base camp from where most visitors start exploring. And so it is just proper to make  a little introduction as to what there is, if any, that can be possibly found here. You may click this About This Site link and also About Me to know more. You may also take a quick peep on its content. If you are using a desktop, hover on the navigation links on top. For those using mobiles, please tap the Menu button on top. Welcome, let's go crop farming!

Self Test: What plant photosynthesizes through stem only in its entire life?

What This Crop Farming Site Offers and Hopes to Accomplish

This is an educational site on science and agriculture. It proposes that in order to be more efficient in crop production, the farmer or farm manager should possess substantial understanding of the basic principles and has acquired the necessary skills. S/He also ought to become well informed of verified technologies and of recent scientific advances.

To be successful, however, is another matter. Among others, he or she ought to be a good sightseer including seeing through people around. And also, if possible, he or she must have that magical ability to summon luck.

This site covers primarily the science and practice of crop production including home gardening, urban agriculture and plant art. It offers educational materials for review on agronomy and horticulture. These include, but not limited to, the basics and advances in related sciences and special fields such as botany, genetics and plant breeding, plant physiology, plant growth and development, plant nutrition and fertility, plant naming and crop classifications, plant propagation, and agricultural statistics. Cropsreview was in fact coined from crop science review.

Words of Caution

Visitors to this site are hereby advised to exercise caution in copying and using the scientific names of plants and other organisms provided herein. Recent access to online taxonomic help (www.theplantlist.org and www.itis.gov) revealed that significant changes have happened.

For example, Coleus blumei for the plant having the vernacular name “mayana” appears to have become a mere synonym of the accepted Plectranthus scutellarioides (L.) R.Br.

While author took earnest effort to verify and believed in the accuracy of the scientific name at the time that it was published, he is not an expert in taxonomy.

It shares online references on various agricultural technologies. It provides how-to guides on selected crops and tips on innovative crop farming techniques.

It helps in preserving unique agricultural practices. Indeed, some farmers, gardeners and housekeepers 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. 

It likewise desires to write news and stories about discoveries and lessons learned about and in relation to plants and crop farming; the attractions as well as the hazards of farms; and the lives of farmers, their joy, their successes, their inventions, their craftmanship, their resourcefulness, their adventures, their failings, their ineptness, and the challenges that they encountered and will still encounter.

It wants to promote agri-tourism in words and in deed. It dreams of being able to advance and to lend an active hand in transforming degraded mountains into beautiful self-sustaining living works of scenic art. And manage to document every step of the way too for perusal of everyone mindful of how it is doing. And hopefully of its success... or doom.

In sum this site operates as an e-library and seeks to provide information, the right and reliable information. For only by knowing what truly lies beyond the mountains yonder can you and I make an informed decision...

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