PRINCIPLES THAT GUIDE CROP ROTATION

PRINCIPLES THAT GUIDE CROP ROTATION

Crop rotation Is the growing of different crops on the same piece of land season after season.




PRINCIPLES THAT GUIDE CROP ROTATION

(i) Crops with high Nutrients requirement (heavy feeders) should be planted 1st in a newly cultivated land so that they utilize the nutrients before they are lost.
(ii) Deep rooted crops should be alternated with shallow rooted ones
(iii) Crops with similar pests and disease should not follow one another
(iv) Leguminous crops should be included in the rotation so as to improve soil fertility




(v) A fallow period should be included in the rotation as this destroys disease and pest cycles and also allows soil to recover the nutrients removed by the crops.

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