Idle or Old Field

An idle or old field is a grassland community that takes over in agricultural areas once agriculture (farming) has been abandoned. For example, when a wheat field is not plowed and planted anymore, opportunistic plant species take over. Opportunistic species are fast growing and quick to colonize new areas.

 
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