Crop Rotations on Organic Farms

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For a variety of other reasons that we will explore in this publication, crops can and should be managed in rotations. No one disputes the fact that rotations are beneficial. The use of two- and three-year rotations by the majority of the grain farmers in this country shows they agree that yields are generally higher when crops are grown sequentially in rotations. In this publication, we will discuss crop rotations as key strategies that farmers can use to build the soil, manage pests, and increase yields.

  • A Historical Perspective
  • Crop Rotations versus Continuous Cropping
  • Crop Rotations and Fertility
  • Crop Rotations and Pest Management
  • Recommended Reading
Keith R. Baldwin
North Carolina State University