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Trampling seedlings for a good cause

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Stressing plants to create a healthier crop isn’t a new process. According to a guidebook written in the 1600s (and recounted by Iida Hidetoshi in 2014), “Japanese farmers enthusiastically treaded seedlings in winter because they empirically knew that treading prevented spindly growth, strengthened the roots to grow and spread, shortened plant height, increased tillers and ear length and eventually gave a good yield.”

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