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neck and crop

Totally and completely, often abruptly. I can't believe you're just going to stop financially supporting me neck and crop! How am I supposed to buy groceries this week? Even though they got an early lead, we came back and beat them neck and crop!
See also: and, crop, neck

the cream of the crop

The best of a particular group. We need to draft this player—he's definitely the cream of the crop. These delicious strawberries are the cream of the crop.
See also: cream, crop, of

crop out

1. To adjust the borders of a photograph so that someone or something is removed from it. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "crop" and "out." I think the picture will look better if you crop out those trashcans in the background. Wow, I look terrible in that photo. Please crop me out!
2. To become exposed or reach the surface, as of a physical object. Look at this layer of rock that has cropped out!
3. By extension, to become overt or noticeable, as of an emotion or concept. I knew my fears would crop out before I could actually jump from the plane.
See also: crop, out

crop up

To suddenly occur or become noticeable. I knew my fears would crop up before I could actually jump from the plane. Problems always seem to crop up when we're about to go away on vacation.
See also: crop, up

good seed makes a good crop

Favorable raw materials will produce a favorable end result or product. I only use the finest ingredients when I bake. Good seed makes a good crop, you know. Of course she's a sweet girl—her parents are very nice, and good seed makes a good crop.
See also: crop, good, make, seed

cream of the crop

Fig. the best of all. This particular car is the cream of the crop. These three students are very bright. They are the cream of the crop in their class.
See also: cream, crop, of

crop out

to appear on the surface; [for something] to reveal itself in the open; to begin to show above the surface. A layer of rock cropped out at the edges of the desert.
See also: crop, out

crop someone or something out

[for a photographer] to cut or trim out someone or something from a photograph. The photographer cropped Mr. Jones out of the picture. See if you can crop out the ugly fence at the side of the house.
See also: crop, out

crop up

to appear without warning; to happen suddenly; [for something] to begin to reveal itself in the open. Some new problems cropped up at the last minute.
See also: crop, up

Good seed makes a good crop.

Prov. Starting with good materials will help you get good results. Jill: Elsie and Jim are going to have a baby. Jane: I'm sure it will be a good child, since they're both such good people. Good seed makes a good crop. I am sure Robert's business will flourish. He's capable and honest, and good seed makes a good crop.
See also: crop, good, make, seed

cream of the crop, the

The best or choicest of anything, as in The apples from this orchard are definitely the cream of the crop. The noun cream has been used to mean "the best" since the 16th century. The French equivalent of the present term, la crème de la crème ("the cream of the cream") was familiar in English by 1800.
See also: cream, of

crop out

Rise to the surface, become visible or evident, as in These superstitions crop out time and again. This term originated in mining, where a stratum or vein of ore is said to crop out when it comes to the surface. [Mid-1800s]
See also: crop, out

crop up

Appear unexpectedly or occasionally, as in One theory that crops up periodically is the influence of sunspots on stock prices, or We hope new talent will crop up in the next freshman class. [Mid-1800s]
See also: crop, up

the cream of the crop

If you talk about the cream of the crop, you mean the best people or things in a particular set or group. The first Midlands media degree show features the cream of the crop of this year's graduates in photography, film, and video. They are among the cream of the crop of emerging architects in Scotland.
See also: cream, crop, of

the cream of the crop

the very best of a particular type; the crème de la crème .
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the ˌcream of the ˈcrop

the best people or things in a particular group: Only the cream of the crop of the year’s movies are nominated for an award.
The cream of something is the best of a group or people or things.
See also: cream, crop, of

crop up

v.
To happen or appear, often unexpectedly: Errors have cropped up in the report despite all our proofreading.
See also: crop, up

cream of the crop, the

The very best of all. Cream is, of course, the richest part of milk and rises to the top. It was transferred to mean the best of any collective entity by the seventeenth century. John Ray, for example, included “That’s the cream of the jest” in his collection of English proverbs (1678). The exact locution involving the best of the crop was no doubt adopted for its alliterative appeal. The French version, la crème de la crème, literally “the cream of the cream,” meaning the best of the best, was well known in English by 1800 or so and also is considered a cliché. It gained new impetus in Muriel Spark’s novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, first made into a play, then a motion picture (1969), in which the schoolteacher-heroine assures her students that they will, under her tutelage, become the crème de la crème.
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NIA issued a memorandum that would guide regional officers and farmers in their crop selections.
This will ensure that the spaces which were left when the row crop was grown are protected from soil erosion when the cover crop is grown.It is important to know that:Deep-rooted crops should be alternated with shallow-rooted crops.
There were about 18,000 acres of land where 100 percent crops were destroyed and out of the total affected areas the wheat crop was cultivated over 14,000 acres, he added.
However, he said that the final area under crop to be fixed by the consent of the provincial governments which would be given in the FCA meeting scheduled by end of current month.
When we enquired as to why he was doing so, he said that the rates were so low that he could not even afford to pay the cost of transport required to get the crop to market.
The weeds not only absorb nutrients of the crop plants but also
To determine the seasonal fluctuations in the rodent fauna in the cropland habitats, the burrow counts of rodent species was carried at various growth stages of the field crops. In wheat crop the rodent activities were recorded between October 2015 to May 2016 at the sowing, tillering, maturity/harvesting and in harvested fields and fallow non-crop fields.
The Sindh Chamber of Agriculture (SCA), a farmers' lobbying group, demanded on Saturday a Rs1 billion subsidy, similar to the amount being provided by the Punjab government for the last two years, for cultivation of crops on 200,000 acres.
The sowing season of winter crops falls at the end of summer - the beginning of autumn.
No-tillage system produces equal or sometime more germination and crop yield as compared to conventional tillage system.
Third, identify where, when, and how long you will be using your cover crop. Will you be planting in spring, summer, or fall?
Green manuring can be historically traced to the fallow cycle of crop rotation, which was used to permit soils to rest for a time.
Row intercropping, growing two or more crops at the same time with at least one crop planted in rows.
In deciding whether to produce an energy crop, landowners can be expected to compare the net benefits (or utility) they obtain from energy crop production with that from the existing use of the land.