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What is the difference between plowing and cultivating?

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Kanika Tanu

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If you are new to farming and you have just decided to use the land you have for growing something, you would have come across some new terminologies related to agriculture and the two most used word from the farming field is plowing and cultivating. Both are related to turning the soil soft so that you can make space to put the seeds. To make your task easier, it is essential for you to understand the difference between plowing and cultivation. Before getting to the difference between to the two directly, let us first explain what exactly these two terms are:   

What is a plowing?

Plowing is a process of turning over the soil with the help of farming equipment named plow or plough. The process is done to make the soil airy and soft so that the process of plantation can be done correctly. Plowing does the deep digging of the compacted soil and bury the residue below the top layer and brings the nutrients from beneath the ground to the topmost layers.

What is cultivating?

Cultivating is the process in which the weeds present in the soil are uprooted in between the soil around the vegetation. It helps in the betterment of planting and tending, and it helps in improving the harvest by preparing the ground to enhance the growth of the crops or plants. The process of cultivating means to kill the weeds by using the farming equipment that can uproot the weeds. It helps in reducing the competition that happens between the crops and grass for nutrients present in the soil.

Now the concept of plowing and cultivating is evident with the process involved and the purpose. Let us see how both the methods are different from each other.

Plowing is a process that is done with the help of a farming tool known as plough or plow. Using the tool one can plow on a particular angle, and it has a more profound impact as compared to the process of cultivating and planting barley, wheat and corn are ideal by this method. You can use the process of cultivating with the help of a cultivator tool of measurement 6 meters in a straight line. It is going to make the soil turn upside down however it will not offer the deep pocket for the seeds to germinate. So, with this process, you may plant the crops like canola, beans, and rice.

So these are the significant differences between soil plowing and cultivatin.

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Kartik Puri

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Agriculture is a significant issue as it plays a huge role for both humans and their economies. If agriculture or farming is what you want to do or is your place of interest, you must have come across these two terms with the most usage in the agricultural field - Ploughing and cultivating. These two terms seem to have the same meaning but that is not true. Let us discuss these two terms before differentiating between them.



Plowing
With the effect of natural elements such as heat, rainfall, the soil's upper crust tends to dry up. Plowing is the process of turning over the soil with a farming tool known as the plow. It actually involved deep digging of the soil. This is done to allow the proper mixing of soil and restore the nutrients from the subsoil to the upper layers. It also allows better penetration of natural components like air and water to reach the roots of the plant. 


Cultivation
Cultivation is the process of removing unwanted plants (also called weeds) that grow near the crops with the help of a cultivating tool. It helps in the better growth of the crop. It helps in the reduction of the competition from nutrients in the soil that happens between the crop and the weed. It also allows water and air from the soil more easily.
Now, as these two terms' meaning is clear, let’s talk about the main differences between them. Plowing the process that involves deep digging of the land with the help of a plowing tool to enhance the quality of the soil and availability of air and water. On the other hand, cultivation refers to the shallow digging of the weeds from the soil to reduce the competition of nutrients between the main crop and the weed.


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