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Crop Rotation

Crop rotation is practiced by using land continuously by planting various crops in a sequence that follows a definite cycle. The length of the rotation is the number of years it takes a cycle to be completed.

Example of a 4-year crop rotation plan:

  • 1st year: Yam planted with melon
  • 2nd year: Early maize followed by late beans
  • 3rd year: Cassava followed by late beans
  • 4th year: Non edible legume cover crops, livestock can be allowed to feed
  • 5th year: start the cycle over again with the crops from year 1.

Cover cropping helps the farmer maximize the soil by:

  • Alternating deep rooted crops with shallow rooted crops as such plant foods are tapped at different depths at different times.
  • Crops of the grass and legume family are included in the rotation. The roots of grasses help check erosion while legumes make the soil rich in nitrogen.
  • Cover cropping is also practiced as such increasing soil value.

The system helps control the buildup of pests, weeds, and diseases. If a plant is not grown on a year for a number of years, diseases associated with it are starved to death.

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Thanks for sharing the valuable information on crop rotation. I am a beginner in farming. Mainly I am cultivating rice, ground nut, cashew nut, etc… This blog could help me to understand more on crop rotation. Continue sharing such useful information.
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