Chapter 8 : Crop Rotation

Diversification of crops has several potential benefits:

● Improves economic resilience of the farm to market pressures;

● Improves resilience to pathogens like pests and weeds, reducing the use of chemicals; and

● Improves soil structure, promoting a more resilient soil ecosystem.

The typical crop rotation cycle is 4-6 years and needs to be carefully planned to maximize plant nutrition from year to year by using crops with complementary requirements in successive years. This maximizes the benefits of crop rotation while promoting soil health.