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lie fallow

1. Of soil, to remain unseeded after having been plowed. Most of the farm has lain fallow this season in a desperate attempt to make it fertile once more.
2. Of a talent, idea, state of mind, etc., to remain undeveloped or unutilized. He had such potential as an artist, but his skill lay fallow as he tried to follow in his father's footsteps as a businessman. I've always had an idea for a book I'd like to write, but it's lain fallow for so long that I don't know that I could ever make it a reality.
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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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Although no treatment differences were observed for both coarse particulate organic matter and silt and clay within macro-aggregates, the concentration of N in micro-aggregates within macro-aggregates fraction followed the order high carbon > fallow > low carbon treatments.
One-way ANOVA was employed for the soil parameters to check the variability for each fallow period within the three operational stages.
Meanwhile, he said that some farmers keep their land fallow for a period of time to get better yield in terms of quality and quantity.
Fallows wrote that critique 31 years ago and was proven prophetic.
Fire also plays an important role in the current forest dynamics [29], especially during the grass dominated early fallow stages.
For instance, there are several free-range populations in the United Kingdom, but it's known that fallow deer were introduced to the British Isles in the first century AD, during the Roman occupation.
Fallow deer are native to Britain and much of Europe, originally brought to the UK by the Normans.
Keywords: Dry-land wheat; Fallow period; Subsoiling; N application; Grain yield; Soil-water balance
The N, P, K, and bases estimated in the Tephrosia fallow biomass especially Tephrosia leaf + twig found in this study are within the ranges observed by other researchers (Hagedorn et al.) [21,22].
Kuo found six times as many ticks and three times as many chiggers on rodents living in fallow fields, while the proportion of infectious ticks in fallow fields was three times higher.
The rutting season is when the fallow deer males compete for the right to mate with the does by furiously clashing antlers to determine the strongest, most powerful buck in the herd; the deep-sounding belches are the first signs of the rut.
The systems they studied included the typical winter wheat/summer fallow rotation, a no-till spring barley/spring wheat rotation, and a no-till spring wheat/chemical fallow rotation.
He and Elodie Briefer, also from Queen Mary, along with Elisabetta Vannoni of Switzerland's University of Zurich, studied fallow deer, native to most of Europe, during four consecutive breeding seasons.
Fallow deer are more than 4 feet in length and can weigh up to 220 pounds.
The assumed positive relationship between fallow length and crop yields has long shaped such negative opinions on the sustainability and environmental impact of the system, as population growth is believed inevitably to lead to its collapse.