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    British Field Crops Guide Just Gets Better

The second edition of the popular British Field Crops book has just been published and is bigger and better than the previous edition of 2005.

British Field Crops is also a great buy for students, naturalists, botanists, birdwatchers, walkers, and anyone else with an interest in plants, the countryside, or farming.

British Field Crops

Having been carefully updated, using new information from farmers, commercial companies, agricultural industry organizations, academics and the latest research findings, 30 more crop species have been included. This edition now contains information on 80 crop species from established broad-acre crops such as wheat and barley, alternative crops like miscanthus and borage to ‘forgotten’ crops like rivet wheat and bristle-pointed oats.

“British Field Crops is an unique one-stop-shop for essential information on a wide range of food, feed, industrial, energy, game cover, green manure and other crops now being grown on British Farms,” advises author, Dr Sally Francis. “It details the correct scientific name of the crop, its identification features, origins, history and uses, as well as information on drilling, harvest periods, estimates of acreages planted and the regions in which each crop can be found.”

“The target audience for the book is broad, from farmers and advisers, to academics and teachers and even the general public interested in learning about the crops that can be found in the British countryside,” comments Dr Francis “It was important therefore to make the book practical, user-friendly and visual. The illustrations throughout the book are crisp, clear botanical drawings and, from a practical point of view, the book is designed with trademark rounded corners to prevent it being damaged when it is carried around in a jacket pocket in the field.”

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