Q.1. Define crop along with examples
Ans. Plants of same kind that are grown and cultivated at one place on large scale are called a crop. Some of the crop plants are wheat, rice, maize, sugarcane, cotton, vegetables, fruits etc.
Q.2. Differentiate between kharif and rabi crops
Q.3. What do you mean by preparation of soil?
Ans. Preparation of soil is a very important step in agriculture before cultivation of crops. It includes loosening of soil, removing weeds from the soil and leveling of soil before sowing of seeds. Loosening of soil improves the air circulation in soil and enhances the water retaining capacity of the soil.
Q.4. Why loosened soil is important for cultivation of crops?
Ans. It is necessary to turn and loosen the soil because only loose soil allows the roots to penetrate freely deeper into soil. The roots can breathe easily in loose soil. The deep roots hold the plants more firmly. The water also can reach easily up to more depth in loose soils. Microbes and worms can also grow in loose soil.
Q.5. Write a paragraph in your own word on each of the following:
(a) Tilling: The process of loosening and turning of the soil is called tilling or ploughing and is carried on by using a plough. Ploughs are made by wood or iron material, it is being used since ancient time for different purposes like tilling the soil, adding fertilisers to crops, removing weeds etc. this implement is drawn by a pair of bulls or other animals like camels, horses etc.
(b) Weeds: Weeds are unwanted plants that grow along with crop plants and compete with them for water, nutrients, space and light, thus they affect growth of crop plants. Some of the weeds are poisonous for animals and human beings and they interfere even in harvesting of crop plants and the removal of weeds is called weeding.
Q.6. Write shorts notes on:
(a) Sowing of seeds
(a) Sowing of seeds: One of the important part of crop production is sowing. Good quality seeds are selected and are sown in prepared soil with the help of various tools like traditional tools and seed drill.
(i) Traditional tools: The shape of this tool is like a funnel which is filled by seeds, then the seeds are passed down through two or three pipes having sharp ends and these ends pierce into the soil and place seeds there.(ii) Seed drill: This tool is used for sowing with the help of tractors and it sows the seeds uniformly and at proper distances and depth, it also ensures covering of the seeds from soil after sowing, so that seeds could not get damaged by birds and by other organisms. Sowing by using a seed drill saves time and labour. In order to avoid overcrowding of plants it is very important to leave some space between two seeds. This also allows plants to get sufficient sunlight, nutrients and water from the soil.
(b) Threshing: Threshing is the process of separating the grains from the straw and chaff. This is carried out with the help of a machine called combine which works as harvester and thresher both.
Q.7. What are the advantages of a cultivator over plough for the purpose of ploughing?
Ans. Ploughing by cultivators save time and labour as cultivator is driven by tractors whereas plough is driven by pair of bull.
Q.8. How could you separate good and healthy seeds from the damaged ones?
Ans. Take a beaker half filled with water and put some seeds into it and stir well, wait for some time. You will observe some seeds sink in water while some seeds float in water, damaged seeds become hollow and lighter and thus they float on water.
Q.9. Write a short notes on tools used for sowing seeds.
Ans. Tools used for sowing of seeds are:
(a) Traditional tools: The shape of this tool is like a funnel which is filled by seeds, then the seeds are passed down through two or three pipes having sharp ends and these ends pierce into the soil and place seeds there.
(b) Seed drill: This tool is used for sowing with the help of tractors and it sows the seeds uniformly and at proper distances and depth, it also ensures covering of the seeds from soil after sowing, so that seeds could not get damaged by birds and by other organisms. Sowing by using a seed drill saves time and labour. In order to avoid overcrowding of plants it is very important to leave some space between two seeds. This also allows plants to get sufficient sunlight, nutrients and water from the soil.
Q.10. What are the advantages of a seed drill used for sowing?
Ans. Advantages of seed drill are as follows:
(a) This sows the seeds uniformly at equal distance and depth.
(b) It ensures that seeds get covered by the soil after sowing.
(c) This protects seeds from being eaten by birds.
(d) Sowing by using a seed drill saves time and labour.
Q.11. How could we supply nutrients to the soil?
Ans. We can supply nutrients to the soil by adding manure and fertilisers. Manures are organic substances obtained from the decomposition of plants and animal wastes which provides lot of humus to the soil. It is very important for the healthy growth of plants, and Fertilisers are chemical substances which are rich in particular nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, they are produced in factories. Examples: Urea, NPK, Ammonium sulphate etc.
Q.12. Differentiate between manure and fertilizers.
Q.13. What do you understand by manuring and what are the harmful effects of improper or insufficient manuring?
Ans. Farmers add manure to the fields to replenish the soil with nutrients and to increase their crop production, this process of adding manures to the field is called manuring. Improper manuring results in poor development of crop plants and unhealthy crops.
Q.14. How could we prepare organic manure?
Ans. Organic manure can be prepared in fields. Dump plant and animal wastes in pits at open places and allow it to decompose by some of the microorganisms; the decomposed matter is used as manure.
Q.15. What are the harmful effects of fertilisers?
Ans. Harmful effects of fertilisers are as follows:
(a) The excessive use of fertilisers makes soil less fertile.
(b) It is also considered as one of the source of water pollution
Q.16. What is crop rotation? How it helps in replenishment of the soil?
Ans. Crop rotation involves growing two or more crops alternatively on the same piece of land. For example,after growing wheat for a season, farmers prefer to grow crop of legume family such as peas,gram and groundnut. These leguminous plants have nitrogen fixing bacteria on their root nodules. These bacteria convert atmospheric nitrogen into compound that can be used by plants. This makes the soil rich in nitrogen which is good for crops.
Q.17. State advantages of manure
Ans. Advantages of manure:
(a) Water holding capacity of soil is increased by adding manure to the soil
(b) It increases the total number of friendly microbes in soil and thus increases soil fertility
(c) By adding manure soil become more porous so that the exchange of gases becomes easy
(d) It improves the texture of the soil.
Q.18. What is irrigation and its importance?
Ans. Irrigation is the process of applying water to the crops artificially to fulfil their water requirements. The various sources of water for irrigation are wells, ponds, lakes, canals, tube-wells, and even dams. Water is very important for proper growth and development of flowers, fruits and seeds of plants, it plays important role in
(a) Germination of seeds
(b) Transportation of nutrients in different parts of plants
(c) Protects crops from both frost and hot air currents
(d) It maintains the moisture of soil
Q.19. Why we should supply more water to crops during summer season?
Ans. Because of the increased rate of evaporation of water from the soil and the leaves it is important to increase the frequency of watering in summer season.
Q.20. Explain modern methods of irrigation.
Ans. Modern method of irrigation help us to use water economically, it involves following methods:
Sprinkler system: In this system the perpendicular pipes with rotating nozzles on top are joined to the main pipeline at regular intervals when water is allowed to flow through the main pipe under pressure with the help of pump, it escape from the rotating nozzles, it gets sprinkled on the crop as if it is raining, sprinkler is very useful for sandy soil.
Drip system: In this system water falls drop by drop just at the position of the roots. So it is called drip system. It is the best technique for watering plants, trees and garden. This system provides water to plants drop by drop, and water is not wasted at all