Growing season

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Growing season is - according to the USDA terminology - " the frost-free season, the period and/or number of days between the last freeze in the spring and the first frost in the fall for the freeze threshold temperature of the crop or other designated temperature threshold."[1]

It varies according to the location, and more specifically according to the altitude, latitude, and proximity to large bodies of water.

Contrary to popular misconception, the "growing season" is not the only time when crops grow. Many crops, including winter wheat, oats, rye, canola/rutabaga, and kale, are grown partly or wholly during times of year other than the frost-free season.


References

  1. List of USDA terminology

United States Department of Agriculture Terms

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