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Arable Land and Improved Grassland

An extensive feature, agricultural land comprises land formed in a rotation of arable crops and short-ley grassland. Crops include cereals, potatoes, root crops, field vegetables, oil seed rape, field soft fruits and fodder crops.

Arable land on the Black Isle with recent drainage
Arable land on the Black Isle with recent drainage
Consumption dyke, near Aberdeen
Consumption dyke, near Aberdeen

Map showing Arable Land and Improved Grassland Improved pasture has species of grass and clover of high grazing value and are generally established by reseeding and maintained by grazing control and use of lime and fertilizers. The land is generally enclosed by walls, fences or hedges. Between this feature and land that is classed as arable the distinction both on the ground and on air photos is imprecise.

 

Examples of improved pasture  adjacent to the moorland edge within Glenbuchat, Donside, Aberdeenshire. Improved pature on land with slopes suitable for reclamation 	Improved pasture
Examples of improved pasture adjacent to the moorland edge within Glenbuchat, Donside, Aberdeenshire. Improved pature on land with slopes suitable for reclamation Improved pasture

 

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