Amish farming has been handed down from parents to children for so many generations that the reasons for doing so are almost forgotten. 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.
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