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Contour planting along the slope reduces water runoff and decreases soil erosion so is preferred to planting up and down the slope where possible. Another answer mentioned the danger of equipment rollover when driving along contours. The contour combine harvester was developed in the Palouse region of northwestern USA to reduce the centre of gravity to ...


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How do farmers plow on uneven terrain? Simple answer - they don't. if traditional farming techniques are used. Traditional for who? In rice farming areas, the tradition is terraces and paddies. No ploughing needed, and planting was entirely human-powered. In Europe, the tradition is animal herding. Areas with upland pastures lend themselves to cattle ...


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It entirely depends on what crops you're farming. Note for example how many vineyards (especially European ones, from my observation) are located on steep hillsides. In other places, such as the US northeast, you might farm dairy cattle on the hills, or grow maple trees. IOW, conventional farming of annual crops on hillsides is labor-intensive (and the ...


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Some people use swales on hillsides for farming. Swales are basically a trench that runs along contour lines of a slope and is used to slow water runoff and increase infiltration into the ground. They're good for growing things like fruit trees, berry bushes and grape vines. Once one is created it usually doesn't take a ton of work to maintain.


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Terrace farming is widespread in the Orient but it is backbreakingly labour intensive. In UK we don't do it, partly because we don't grow our own rice. Depending on how steep the hill is, we either plough it or use it for grazing. A shallow incline can be ploughed, but you have to be very careful how you do it. Many accidents are caused each year by ...


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The way hillsides are farmed generally depends on the steepness of the hillside. Gentle slopes can be farmed the same way flat land is farmed. Steeper slops require the hillside to be divided into terraces. The steeper the slope, the narrower the terraces. Terracing of hillsides in farming reduces erosion because terraces reduce the flow rate of water down ...


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