Most of the farmers around here use "modern" farming methods and follow the book of tables the seed/fertilizer/pesticide manufacturers give them. My father used to use organic methods, cover crops, and crop rotation when he was farming it. I think that takes better care of the land than farming by "the book."For over 200 years, farmers in east anglia practiced the Norfolk crop rotation...or 4 course system. I imagine there are similar methods in Nebraska, Yuwipi. My farmer neighbour still adheres to this exact system (although he grows sugar beet instead of turnips). However, there are so very few small, mixed farms...and for people outside of farming families, it is an over-capitalised, closed shop of massive land tenure systems and intense soil wrecking agriculture. Some parts of industrially farmed Norfolk are almost wild-life deserts with highly managed islands of National Trustified ersatz pastoral redoubts. Urban bees are frequently healthier than their rural relatives..Soil is a precious declining resource. Planting a seed is a true act of hope...and gardening, which requires no great outlay, no specialist tools, can be practiced by everyone and is a truly immersive, sensual, creative, nurturing experience - what's not to love?