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The Law in Relation to Crops – Fructus Industriales, 8 Southern Law Review (n.s.) 326 (1882)


It is well known that a fundamental distinction is taken between fruits, produced by the annual labor of man in sowing and reaping, mowing and cultivating, and such as constitute the natural growth of the soil. That corn, wheat, oats, barley, potatoes, etc., being fructus industriales, are considered as the representatives of the labor and expense bestowed upon them, and regarded as chattels; while grass, trees, fruit on trees, etc., being fructus naturales, are, in contemplation of law, a part of the soil of which they are the natural growth.

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