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The Lessons of Amish Agriculture

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For example, the rotations of our field crops work so well that they're seldom questioned. This is a four or five year rotation with corn in a given field every fourth or fifth year. The corn is followed with oats. In the falls after the oats are harvested the stubble is plowed and wheat sowed. This is then top-seeded the following March or April with legume seeds using a hand-cranked or horn type seeder, usually on frozen ground. This is also the time we find the early nesting, horned lark's nest. The dropping seeds cause enough disturbance to flush the incubating bird. After the wheat is cut and threshed in July, the stubble is mowed, and almost miraculously, the wheat field converts to a hay field. The next spring and summer several cuttings of hay are made, and then the hay field is pastured in the fall.

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