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Rye harvest on Gotland, Sweden, 1900–1910.
Sugar beet harvester. Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany.
Vendangeurs Beaumes-de-Venise in Vaucluse, France
Manual harvest in Thirumeyyam

Harvest is the process of gathering ripe crops from the fields. Reaping is the cutting of grain or pulse for harvest, typically using a scythe, sickle, or reaper.[1] The harvest marks the end of the growing season, or the growing cycle for a particular crop, and social importance of this event makes it the focus of seasonal celebrations such as a harvest festival, found in many religions. On smaller farms with minimal mechanization harvesting is the most labor-intensive activity of the growing season. On large mechanized farms harvesting utilizes the most expensive and sophisticated farm machinery, such as the combine harvester. Harvesting in general usage may include immediate post-harvest handling, including cooling, sorting, cleaning and packing.


  • Etymology 1
  • Other uses 2
  • See also 3
  • Notes 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Harvest is from the Old English word hærfest, meaning "Autumn".[note 1] It then came to refer to the season for reaping and gathering grain and other grown products. The full moon nearest the autumnal equinox (22 or 23 September) is called the Harvest Moon.[2]

Other uses

Harvest commonly refers to organ harvesting is the removal of tissues or organs from a donor for purposes of transplanting.

Harvesting or Domestic Harvesting in Canada refers to hunting, fishing and plant gathering by First Nations, Métis and Inuit in discussions of aboriginal or treaty rights. For example, in the Gwich'in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement, "Harvesting means gathering, hunting, trapping or fishing..."[3] Similarly, in the Tlicho Land Claim and Self Government Agreement "'Harvesting' means, in relation to wildlife, hunting, trapping or fishing and, in relation to plants or trees, gathering or cutting."[4]

See also


  1. ^ For the complete etymology, confer the Wiktionary entry for harvest


  1. ^ American Heritage Dictionary (4th ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 2000.  
  2. ^ "Full Moon Names". 2009-01-09. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  3. ^ "Gwich'in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement". Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada website. 
  4. ^ "Tlicho Agreemen". Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada website. 

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