Intensive Subsistence with Wet Rice Not Dominant
What is grown here?
Wheat is the most important crop, followed by barley. Various other grains are grown for household consumption, including millet, corn, soybeans, oats, sorghum and kaoliang. Also grown are some crops sold for cash such as cotton, flax, hemp, and tobacco.
Same process as Intensive Subsistence with Wet Rice Dominant?
Aside from the actual crops that are grown, this region shares most of the characteristsics of intensive subsistence agricultre with the wet rice region. Land is used intensively and worked primarily by human power with the assistance of some hand implements andd animals. In milder parts of the region where wet rice does not dominate, more than one harvest can be obtained some years through skilled use of crop rotation. Crop rotation is the practice of rotating use of different fields from crop to crop to avoid exhausting the soil.
CLIMATE prevents farmers from growing wet rice in portions of Asia, especially where summer precipitation levers are too low and winters are too harsh. Agriculture in much of interior India and northeast China is devoted to crops other than wet rice because of these conditions.
Benefits and Drawbacks?
Organization of Intensive Subsistence has been difficult because irrigation systems and equipment were developed to serve large communal farms rather than small individually managed ones, which cannot afford to operate and maintain machinery. On the bright side, production has increased greatly.