A guide to identify farm crops

Learn how to identify some of the world’s most important cereal crops, forage crops, and industrial crops.

In our nature walks in the countryside we will inevitably come across fields of farm crops – and sometimes we may wonder what they are? Is that a field of barley or wheat? Or could it be rye or oats? Are those root vegetables sugar beet, swedes or something else? Or maybe you are in an area of the world where the most common crops are rice, sorghum, alfalfa, cotton, tea …

On my other blog I have prepared a short guide to help identify 25 of the most common farm crops from around the world. It covers:

  • Cereal crops (9): Wheat, barley, rye, oats, rice, maize (corn), sorghum, millet, canary grass.
  • Forage crops (4): Clover, lucerne (alfalfa), fodder beet, swedes.
  • Industrial crops (12): Flax, sugar beet, oilseed rape, soybean, potato, coffee, tea, cotton, rubber, hops, tobacco, industrial hemp.

Each crop is illustrated with photos of the plant, flower, seed, bean as appropriate. For example, photos clearly show the differences between wheat, barley, rye and oats. A short description gives the main features of each plant to look out for. And there is some background information on the global importance of that farm crop.

What’s more, I have converted the post into a 32-page eBook called The Guide to Farm Crops. It’s an easy-to-use guide that you can put on your phone and pull out when you come across a farm crop that you don’t know. It would also be useful for children too. It would certainly make a “boring” walk in the countryside more enjoyable, entertaining and educational. Here’s one page as an example:

To discover both the post and how to get the eBook, just head over to this post on my other blog.


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