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lie fallow

 
1. Lit. [for farmland] to exist unplanted for a period of time. The fields lay fallow under the burning sun. It had been too wet to plant last spring.
2. Fig. [for a skill and talent] to remain unused and neglected. You should not let your talent lie fallow. Practice the piano before you forget how to play it. His writing had lain fallow for so long that he could hardly write a proper sentence.
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The long-term general trend for biomass (residue) added to the soil was negative for the winter wheat-summer fallow system at Sterling and Stratton and level at Walsh.
They're picking fallow deer, and they don't want to think about the blacktail fawn that isn't going to be born next year because of the fallow deer.
A chemical summer fallow treatment was included for comparison purposes.
Many of the confiscated white farms have not been redistributed to black farmers; they have been given to Mugabe backers who have let much of the land lie fallow.
By providing data on species richness, percent cover and percent similarities of the plant communities, this study will assist land managers in assessing the efficacy of revegetation efforts at hastening brushland succession in the LRGV and it provides one of only two comparative analyses of vegetative cover between a mature brushland, a replanted field and a fallow field in the LRGV (Judd et al.
Called fallow for an Old English word meaning reddish yellow, the deer was native to southern Europe and parts of the Middle East.
The animistic Pwo usually begin their annual farm cycle in March by choosing fallow bamboo forest areas for cultivation.
Formal schooling has also interfered with the passing of native wisdom down through the generations and a Royal Forestry Department decision to ban the use of fallow older than three years is ruining traditional seminomadic farming traditions.
Most animals in the herds of red deer, white fallow dear, mouflon, black backs, nilgai and spotted deer belonged to the species brought here during the 1990s.
Taichung's Agriculture Bureau said that Longjing farmers typically plant food staple crops, such as rice, sweet potatoes, and other food grains, and during fallow, they plant green manure crops, which are not only friendly to the environment but also helpful in improving the quality of the staple crops.
Further guidance issued last week outlines further rules and regulations relating to EFA fallow land, including grazing and mowing restrictions outside of the fallow period and allowable activities and the conversion of fallow to permanent grass.
GRDC northern regional panelist and Liverpool Plains-based agronomist Peter McKenzie says some growers in his region have missed out on rain for summer crop planting, which will mean they have to pay close attention to their fallow management ahead of next season.
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The findings reveal that most of the cultivated land was current fallow in both cropping seasons in2005-06, while in 2011-12 the cultivated land increased than the current fallow in both cropping seasons.