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Planning the Fields circa 1900

Planning the Fields circa 1900

Redesigning Fields for the Systematic Rotation of Crops

This information appeared in L.H. Bailey’s Cyclopedia of American Agriculture from 1900. It was one approach to field design at a time when rotation was king. Though the menu of crop succession is important and useful, we find the sterile approach to field reshaping, in the name of “efficiency,” to be harsh and somewhat suspect. With the return of our small farms and good farming comes a renewed interest in the powerful tool of crop rotation. It preserves soil, builds soil, activates the calendar year in helpful ways and spreads the farmer’s risk. LRM

Planning the Fields circa 1900
Planning the Fields circa 1900
Planning the Fields circa 1900
Planning the Fields circa 1900