Crop Rotation 101

There are certain things every gardener should know, and we’ve been writing about them in one of our previous articles. Here we bring you some more detailed information about a phenomena called crop rotation. Crop rotation is the practice of growing a series of dissimilar or different types of crop in the same area in sequenced seasons. This is practiced because it gives various nutrients to the soil.

A traditional element of crop rotation is the replenishment of nitrogen through the use of green manure in sequence with cereals and other crops. Crop rotation can also destroy the build-up of pathogens that often occur when one specie is continuously cropped. It can also improve soil structure and fertility by alternating deep-rooted and shallow-rooted plants.

Keeping the fields under continuous production is the main benefit of crop rotation. Believe it or not, crop rotation can also save you money. Overall financial risks are more widely distributed over more diverse production of crops and/or livestock. Less reliance is placed on purchased inputs and over time crops can maintain production goals with fewer inputs.

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