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Keeping Soil Healthy – Rotating Crops

Posted by wordpressadmin on June 15, 2018
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Rotating crops for farmers is a necessity in order to keep soil healthy and fertile as well as increase productivity, therefore, increasing income. Rotating crops simply means growing crops in specific, divided sections of the same area of land. This also include rotating types of crops in different seasons in order to reduce soil erosion and increase soil fertility.

If you aren’t rotating crops, a lot of issues can arise, decreasing your yield. The land will be less fertile, pests increase (which will cost you more in pesticide) and the land is more susceptible to erosion. Farmers aren’t the only ones who can see benefits from crop rotation, even hobby farmers or every day gardeners increase their yield by following crop rotation patterns. But there are many factors to consider when you begin crop rotation like climate, soil type, size of farm (or garden), cost of labor and market necessities.  Overall, the benefits are there and here’s why: Crop rotation prevents soil depletion. Crop rotation controls pests.  If you rotate crops in and out that are an attractive food source to pests, they will likely die off when food isn’t available. This works best if the pest can’t fly from field to field. Rotating also reduces soil erosion.

There are things that can help you make the best, and most, out of rotating crops. Make sure you know your crops and the family they belong to order to make sure you are rotating a crop of a different family in next time and will best serve one another. For example, a high nitrogen crop should follow a legume. Also, try to grow a deep-rooted crop in your rotation and make sure you always keep records of the crops you are using and when.

The bottom line is that whether you’re a farmer or own a hobby farm, crop rotation has been around for hundreds of years and is the most effective in cost and production. If you need more farm land or acreage to have more space to rotate your crops or garden vegetables, contact a United Country Real Estate agent near you. See all of our farm land for sale at www.UniedCountrySPG.com/farms.

Sources:

https://wonderopolis.org/wonder/why-is-crop-rotation-important

https://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Books/Crop-Rotation-on-Organic-Farms/Text-Version/How-Expert-Organic-Farmers-Manage-Crop-Rotations/Why-Rotate-Crops

http://www.oisat.org/control_methods/cultural__practices/crop_rotation.html

 

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