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    I think that those previously-mentioned upstate New Yorkers could use some of that -- put the panels on stilts so that they can grow crops and let livestock graze.
    Crops and grass for grazing don't grow well in the shade, even if the shade is from solar panels.
    Or so it might seem. There are lots of plants that grow well in shaded areas. You'd be surprised. Fruits & Vegetables That Grow in the Shade | Home Guides | SF Gate

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    I think that those previously-mentioned upstate New Yorkers could use some of that -- put the panels on stilts so that they can grow crops and let livestock graze.
    Crops and grass for grazing don't grow well in the shade, even if the shade is from solar panels.
    Or so it might seem. There are lots of plants that grow well in shaded areas. You'd be surprised. Fruits & Vegetables That Grow in the Shade | Home Guides | SF Gate
    Did you check the site you linked to see what was on it? I didn't see anything on that link relating to growing crops in the shade.

    But, of course, there are plants that like shade like some flowers, ferns, and mosses but not so much food crops or grazing grasses... the kind of plants farmers are interested in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skepticalbip View Post
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    I think that those previously-mentioned upstate New Yorkers could use some of that -- put the panels on stilts so that they can grow crops and let livestock graze.
    Crops and grass for grazing don't grow well in the shade, even if the shade is from solar panels.
    Crops, generally no. Grazing land, though, can function in partial shade. If you have sun-tracking collectors you have partial shade, not full shade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skepticalbip View Post
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    Or so it might seem. There are lots of plants that grow well in shaded areas. You'd be surprised. Fruits & Vegetables That Grow in the Shade | Home Guides | SF Gate
    Did you check the site you linked to see what was on it? I didn't see anything on that link relating to growing crops in the shade.
    Check again. Those fruits and vegetables are often grown as crop plants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpetrich View Post
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    Or so it might seem. There are lots of plants that grow well in shaded areas. You'd be surprised. Fruits & Vegetables That Grow in the Shade | Home Guides | SF Gate
    Did you check the site you linked to see what was on it? I didn't see anything on that link relating to growing crops in the shade.
    Check again. Those fruits and vegetables are often grown as crop plants.
    Indeed they are but the fruits shown like kiwi and guava require full sun for fruit production. The plants may survive in partial sun but would struggle. Fruit production would be sparse if at all, depending on the amount of sun.

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    By the way, the site you linked does not claim that those fruits can be productive in shade or even in partial sun.

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