“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.
~Ovid (43BC – 17 AD), Roman Poet
This is a field of corn yet to be harvested. When do farm fields rest? Seems like a simple question, right? I tried googling this topic and was overwhelmed with the theories and practices on this subject! While experts agree that it is important for soil to rest, how and when to proceed is a complex process involving weed control, soil testing, fertilizer assessment, potential for grazing, crop analysis…well, perhaps this gives you an idea of the complexity. I suspect Ovid would be surprised at how much we have learned since back in the day.
I am grateful again for farmers and the work that they do for all of us!