Young maize or sweetcorn plants in a field

Young maize or sweetcorn plants in a field

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Credit: RUSS MUNN/AGSTOCKUSA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Maize. Young maize plants Zea mays, growing in a field which has been fertilised naturally by using crop rotation. Maize is grown for food, animal fodder, and oil. The maize plants have soybean stubble, Glycine max, around their bases because they are growing in a field which has not been ploughed since the soybeans were harvested. Soybeans improve the soil because they convert (fix) atmospheric nitrogen into chemicals which act as fertilisers. Maize cultivation heavily drains the nutrients in the soil, particularly nitrogen. Photographed in Illinois, USA.

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Keywords: agricultural, agriculture, cereal, crop, crop rotation, farming, land use, maize, mechanised, mechanized, organic farming, organic fertilising, soya bean, soybean/cereal, zea mays

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