Can anyone tell me what are the characteristics of Arable Farming?
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There is a popular opinion amongst amateur gardeners that land does not need to be ploughed because it can cope with saturation, oxygen and other issues. This is nothing but a myth because even our ancestors who started ploughing their lands many years ago realized that only this will lead to increase in the yield of the land. If you were to simply leave the land alone, this will only lead to an increase in the yield of weeds
It is worth remembering that improper ploughing is fraught with negative consequences like the earth hardening after drying. Ploughing in hot weather will adversely affect the quality of the land, since moisture will quickly evaporate, thereby reducing the germination of crops.
Those who regularly plough their lands know that this practice helps to get rid of harmful plants; this can be restricted to once a year. It is much easier to process your soil once or twice a year than to go to the garden every day to battle with weed.
What conditions make it necessary to plough your land? This depends primarily on the location of your farm; location determines temperature and other weather conditions, however, the best time for ploughing is after harvesting.