Harvest, Oil Painting by Yong, 45 x 65 cm, Expressionist, Brush, Antique Modern Frame, Private Colection, No Sale.
In agriculture, the harvest is the processes of gathering mature crops from the fields. Reaping is the cutting of grain or pulse for harvest, typically using a scythe, sickle, or reaper. The harvest marks the end of the growing season, or the growing cycle for a particular crop, and this is the focus of seasonal celebrations of 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.
- Fine weather brings early harvest (cbc.ca)
- iHarvest – Nager Inc. (itunes.apple.com)
- Community-supported agriculture flourishes (seattletimes.nwsource.com)