crop rotation

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crop rotation

the growing of CROPS (3) in a regular sequence over a number of seasons so as not to exhaust the soil. A simple example of a rotation is root crop, oats, leguminous plants and wheat. Some or all of the leguminious crop is often ploughed back into the soil as it is of particular importance in returning nitrogen to the soil from the atmosphere through the nitrogen-fixing bacteria (see NITROGEN FIXATION in the root nodules.
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This study, therefore, investigated the effect of land use practices and management intensity (fallowing and organic inputs) on soil structure and SOM dynamics in long-term field trials across eastern (Kenya and Malawi) and western (Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Niger) Africa.
Dzongkhag Agriculture Officer (DAO) DC Bhandari said that unavailability of irrigation channels, human-wildlife conflict, the difficult terrain and the shortage of farmers due to rural-urban migration are some of the common reasons for the increasing fallowing of land.
A hidden cost of frequent summer fallowing in semiarid environments is soil organic matter (SOM) decline and soil erosion, primarily wind erosion.
Dan Mecklenburg, a Mecklenburg gardens in Bozeman, Montana, recommends fallowing the soil - tilling or turning it over to expose the bare earth to the sun - for an entire year prior to plating.