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Summer-fallow

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Summer-fallow To plow and work in summer, in order to prepare for wheat or other crop; to plow and let lie fallow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Summer-fallow lying fallow during the summer
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sumer, sumor; Dut. zomer, Ger. sommer.

Usage

In literature:

Plough in the spring; but fallow broken up in the summer will not belie your hopes.
"Hesiod, The Homeric Hymns, and Homerica" by Homer and Hesiod
The third lies fallow, and is used in the summer as pasturage for the cattle.
"Russia" by Donald Mackenzie Wallace
Even with an intervening summer fallow, the smut from a previous crop may be a source of infection.
"The Desert of Wheat" by Zane Grey
On the wheat lands, summer fallow, wheat, and clover pasture, form the three years' rotation.
"Lands of the Slave and the Free" by Henry A. Murray
In 1873 they had less, yet the crops did well wherever the farmers had summer-fallowed the land.
"Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands" by Charles Nordhoff
But in this section, a summer-fallow, plowed two or three times during the summer, is becoming more and more rare every year.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
It may also follow the summer fallow bare, or producing crops for being plowed under where these come into the rotation.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
The third field lies fallow and is used in the summer for pasturing the cattle.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
Where moisture is in scant supply, and a soil is thin, there continue instances of the summer-fallow.
"Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement" by Alva Agee
The meadow had lain fallow the summer before, and had served no further use than the grazing of some picketed cows.
"The Biography of a Prairie Girl" by Eleanor Gates
Summer fallowing for wheat is a practice that has gained ground in the North-West Provinces.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
It was now at that season when weary summer had lapsed into the fallow arms of autumn, and was approaching to the chilly breezes of winter.
"Alida" by Amelia Stratton Comfield
Nothing but summer fallowing, thoroughly applied and regularly followed, can remedy this.
"Two Years in Oregon" by Wallis Nash
His summer-fallow yielded 40 bushels No.
"Canada West 1914" by Unknown
Doth not the land lying in summer fallow gain new fertility?
"A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed." by William Chauncey Bartlett
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In poetry:

When Spring unlocks the flowers, to paint the laughing soil;
When Summer's balmy showers refresh the mower's toil;
When Winter binds in frosty chains the fallow and the flood,
In God the earth rejoiceth still, and owns its Maker good.
"Hymn For The Seventh Sunday After Trinity " by Reginald Heber