crop rotation

noun

: the practice of growing different crops in succession on the same land chiefly to preserve the productive capacity of the soil

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The workers travel around, rotating through forests seasonally, similar to crop rotation. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Nov. 2022 For centuries, growers relied on manure and crop rotation to keep soil fertile. Tracy Staedter, Discover Magazine, 7 Oct. 2019 Carver’s research led to the idea of crop rotation, which helps the restore nitrogen in soil after harvesting any singular crop, such as cotton. Monica Cull, Discover Magazine, 8 Feb. 2022 The workers travel around, rotating through forests seasonally, similar to crop rotation. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Nov. 2022 The workers travel around, rotating through forests seasonally, similar to crop rotation. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Nov. 2022 The workers travel around, rotating through forests seasonally, similar to crop rotation. Hilary Swift, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2022 Hutch and Norma Naranjo attribute their successful harvest – especially corn, integral to Tewa diet and culture – to prayer, crop rotation, and native seeds that better withstand drought. Tammy Webber And Martha Irvine, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Nov. 2022 Routine pruning to increase airflow, proper plant spacing, avoiding single-crop planting and crop rotation are just some examples of chemical-free techniques to reduce plant stress and decrease disease susceptibility. Nick Goltz, The Conversation, 16 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crop rotation was in 1909

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“Crop rotation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crop%20rotation. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

crop rotation

noun
: the practice of growing first one and then another crop on the same land especially to preserve the ability of the soil to produce crops

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