Seasons, Fallow Fields and Grass

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Seasons, Fallow Fields and Grass

Post by Graham1969 » Fri May 29, 2020 10:03 am

I have a question regarding seasons and fallow fields.

When a player has to leave a field fallow, does that player have to leave the field empty or can a player just plant grass on it. If yes, would the player lose out on yield still.

In the UK where I am, I never see empty fields.

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Re: Seasons, Fallow Fields and Grass

Post by eric21 » Fri May 29, 2020 11:01 am

Means leaving it empty, usually after harvesting, it's very common in the UK, fields are left untouched for a a month or more ice seen in the uk

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Re: Seasons, Fallow Fields and Grass

Post by humbe » Fri May 29, 2020 1:22 pm

Grass and fallow are two different categories in crop rotation so pretty sure it isnt fallow if you seed grass. If it had grass to begin with I think that is ok but I suspect youll loose the fallow state after any fieldwork including mowing..

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Re: Seasons, Fallow Fields and Grass

Post by Mwal » Fri May 29, 2020 1:25 pm

Fallow would be working your fields and leaving then sit for a year without planting anything. Idea being to let the trash from the last harvest fully rot and put nutrients back into the soil before planting something that takes nutrients away again.

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Re: Seasons, Fallow Fields and Grass

Post by ThatCanadianGuy » Fri May 29, 2020 6:34 pm

As it was explained to me by someone who worked on seasons to get the "fallow" status in the game you can't harvest the field from day 1 of the year to the last day of the year.
Unfortunately for your exact question, I don't do anything with grass so I can't say if growing that would count or not. Al lI can say is try it on a small field, or patch of a field?
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Re: Seasons, Fallow Fields and Grass

Post by Kamoore65536 » Sat May 30, 2020 5:19 pm

While fallow is a way to improve the soil nutrients by not planting anything it also can be a detriment if you farm in an area of constant winds. When I was growing up we usually planted the fields that had a wind erosion problem with a mix of Timothy, alfalfa, and rye grass. it kept the top soil from blowing away and gave us a nutrient to plow into the field in the spring. As most farms where I grew up now use minimum tillage that seems to be an option not currently used.
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Re: Seasons, Fallow Fields and Grass

Post by Mwal » Sat May 30, 2020 6:16 pm

Kamoore65536 wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 5:19 pm
While fallow is a way to improve the soil nutrients by not planting anything it also can be a detriment if you farm in an area of constant winds. When I was growing up we usually planted the fields that had a wind erosion problem with a mix of Timothy, alfalfa, and rye grass. it kept the top soil from blowing away and gave us a nutrient to plow into the field in the spring. As most farms where I grew up now use minimum tillage that seems to be an option not currently used.
You could put in those oilseed radish or whatever they are

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Re: Seasons, Fallow Fields and Grass

Post by ThatCanadianGuy » Sun May 31, 2020 6:51 am

Kamoore65536 wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 5:19 pm
While fallow is a way to improve the soil nutrients by not planting anything it also can be a detriment if you farm in an area of constant winds. When I was growing up we usually planted the fields that had a wind erosion problem with a mix of Timothy, alfalfa, and rye grass. it kept the top soil from blowing away and gave us a nutrient to plow into the field in the spring. As most farms where I grew up now use minimum tillage that seems to be an option not currently used.
fallow doesn't have to be tillage. Chem-fallow is an option also where you harvest then leave the stubble and just spray for weeds a couple times in a season. It is done less now that continue cropping is the norm but chem-fallow was popular around here 20-30 years ago.
Spraying for weeds wouldn't be necessary in the game though since weed control is so simplified that you don't have to worry about weed seed carryover.
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Re: Seasons, Fallow Fields and Grass

Post by BoxTunnel » Sun May 31, 2020 11:54 am

Surprised the OP hasn't seen fallow fields in the UK, very common 'round my way.

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