Prefer one marathon or many sprints?

I talked with a farmer in Montana recently who’s already finished his harvest of wheat and pulse crops (peas and lentils). That normally doesn’t happen for him until well into September. Early planting this spring and hot, dry weather this summer caused all his crops to be ready for harvest at roughly the same time.

Typically, the farmer said, his harvest consists of “a lot of sprints.  This year, it was a marathon.” Though weary after doing so much work in such a short period, the farmer appreciates having time off this harvest season.

If you’re a farmer, which would you prefer at harvest? A series of spread-out spreads? Or a marathon that gives you a break at the end?

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