Harvest


Harvest

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.[1] 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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Other uses

harvest commonly refers to grain and produce, but also has other uses. In addition to fish and timber, the term harvest is also used in reference to harvesting grapes for wine. Within the context of irrigation, water harvesting refers to the collection and run-off of rainwater for agricultural or domestic uses. Instead of harvest, the term exploit is also used, as in exploiting fisheries or water resources. Energy harvesting is the process by which energy (such as solar power, thermal energy, wind energy, salinity gradients and kinetic energy) is captured and stored. Body harvesting, or cadaver harvesting, is the process of collecting and preparing cadavers for anatomical study. In a similar sense, organ harvesting is the removal of tissues or organs from a donor for purposes of transplanting.

See also

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References

  1. ^ American Heritage Dictionary (4th ed. ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 2000. ISBN 0618082301. 

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  • Harvest — Har vest (h[aum]r v[e^]st), n. [OE. harvest, hervest, AS. h[ae]rfest autumn; akin to LG. harfst, D. herfst, OHG. herbist, G. herbst, and prob. to L. carpere to pluck, Gr. karpo s fruit. Cf. {Carpet}.] 1. The gathering of a crop of any kind; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Harvest — (eng. Ernte) steht für: Harvest (Alabama), Ort in Alabama Harvest (Album), ein Musikalbum von Neil Young Harvest (Naglfar Album), ein Musikalbum von Naglfar Harvest Records, ein Plattenlabel Harvest (Film), ein Dokumentarfilm Siehe auch:… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Harvest — Harvest, AL U.S. Census Designated Place in Alabama Population (2000): 3054 Housing Units (2000): 1146 Land area (2000): 12.423029 sq. miles (32.175497 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 12.423029… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Harvest, AL — U.S. Census Designated Place in Alabama Population (2000): 3054 Housing Units (2000): 1146 Land area (2000): 12.423029 sq. miles (32.175497 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 12.423029 sq. miles (32 …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • harvest — [n] crops; taking in of crops autumn, by product, consequence, cropping, effect, fall, fruitage, fruition, garnering, gathering, harvesting, harvest time, ingathering, intake, output, produce, reaping, repercussion, result, return, season,… …   New thesaurus

  • harvest — ► NOUN 1) the process or period of gathering in crops. 2) the season s yield or crop. ► VERB ▪ gather as a harvest. DERIVATIVES harvestable adjective harvester noun. ORIGIN Old English, «autumn» …   English terms dictionary

  • harvest — [här′vist] n. [ME hervest < OE hærfest, akin to Ger herbst (OHG herbist) < IE * (s)kerp < base * (s)ker , to cut > SHEAR, SHORT, L caro, flesh, cernere & Gr krinein, to separate, karpos, fruit: basic sense “time of cutting”] 1. the… …   English World dictionary

  • Harvest — Har vest, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Harvested}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Harvesting}.] To reap or gather, as any crop. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • harvest — index gain, glean, output, product, profit (noun), profit (verb), reap, result Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • harvest — UK US /ˈhɑːvɪst/ verb [T] ► INTERNET, MARKETING to collect information about people, products, companies, etc. from the internet using a search engine (= a program that searches for particular words in documents on websites): »In computer jargon …   Financial and business terms

  • harvest — vb *reap, glean, gather, garner Analogous words: collect, assemble (see GATHER): *accumulate, amass, hoard …   New Dictionary of Synonyms


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