Phil Swindler wrote:I didn't catch that anybody mentioned alfalfa.
Growing up in western Kansas there were a number of farmers who would grow alfalfa for a couple years to recharge the nitrogen in the soil. I've helped with the process. Those alfalfa bales are way heavier than straw and a little heavier than prairie hay.
I'm thinking you could pay for the alfalfa seed and he may be more agreeable to 2 or 3 years. And, the field would have more nitrogen than it does now.
Then when you are ready, you could start over-seeding with a polyculture.
Of course, I don't know how well alfalfa grow in your area.