Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Lying fallow during the summer.
- n. Naked fallow; land lying bāre of crops in summer, but frequently plowed, harrowed, and rolled, so as to pulverize it and clean it of weeds.
- To plow and let lie fallow; plow and work repeatedly in summer to prepare for wheat or other crop.
- v. To plough and work in summer, in order to prepare for wheat or other crop; to plough and let lie fallow.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. land uncropped and plowed, etc., during the summer, in order to pulverize the soil and kill the weeds.
- v. To plow and work in summer, in order to prepare for wheat or other crop; to plow and let lie fallow.
“The space left vacant by his daughter he filled with extra energy driving the great ploughs through the mellow summer-fallow.”
“He afterward went to plow his summer-fallow, but I made the soil so hard that the plow could scarcely penetrate it.”
“Where moisture is in scant supply, and a soil is thin, there continue instances of the summer-fallow.”
“August partakes of the nature of the old-fashioned summer-fallow.”
“He af - terward went to plow his summer-fallow, but I made the soil so hard that the plow could scarcely penetrate it.”
“Another important matter which claimed the farmer's attention at this time was the preparation of his summer-fallow for fall wheat.”
“Unless this is done, we must summer-fallow more, on the heavier clay soils, sow less oats and barley; or we must, on the lighter soils, raise and plow under more clover, or feed it out on the farm, being careful to save and apply the manure.”
“Yet some of the agricultural editors and many of the agricultural writers, seem to take delight in deriding the old-fashioned summer-fallow.”
“The summer-fallow, by exposing the soil to the decomposing influences of the atmosphere, converts more or less of the inert nitrogenous organic matter into ammonia and nitric acid.”
“On my own farm I seldom summer-fallow, and never plow under clover.”
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