arable farming

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The growing of cereals has naturally been the mainstay of farming in lowland Britain, other than in areas of marsh, fen, or wood. Many former corn‐growing districts have been converted to pasture, though some have since reverted to cereals as farmers have responded to different market demands, but changing levels of demand for cereals have at different times caused arable to be converted to pasture and back again. See also agricultural statistics; field systems.

Subjects: History.

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