Why are the farmers tilling so early?
March 4, 2011 8:31 AM Subscribe
Why, in the middle of winter (now, in Central MI), would a farmer plow under only a strip of land in the middle of his (previously harvested but un-tilled) field?
posted by Chrischris to Society & Culture (17 answers total)
I live in rural mid-Michigan. On my drive home, I've noticed multiple otherwise snow-covered fields that feature a fairly wide section (usually in the middle of the field) of recently (as in, within the last week) tilled soil. Most of these fields appear to have had corn planted in them last year. I can't think of any plausible explanation for tilling only the middle strip of a field so early in the season (the ground is still frozen). Any farmers or Ag folks who can enlighten me?