crop rotation


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

Examples of crop rotation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Popular thinking was that crop rotation dealt with salinity, but researchers found that salts keep accumulating even after planting wheat, Sudan grass or cotton. The Arizona Republic, 15 Mar. 2024 The review from the NC State team suggests that government regulation and subsidies—like Environmental Protection Agency regulations already in place to curb insecticide resistance, and federal subsidies that encourage crop rotation—could address herbicide resistance. Brooke Borel, Scientific American, 18 June 2018 Going deeper has also meant mastering the complexities of soil and weed management, crop rotation, fertilization, the milling of rice, and bringing it to market. Melanie Stetson Freeman, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Jan. 2024 The same applies to improving varietal discovery, crop rotation, fertilization, and irrigation decisions. Susan Galer, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 There is also a burgeoning interest in sustainable practices such as no-till farming, crop rotation, agrivoltaics, and other sustainability policy that is likely to be at the center of the next Farm Bill. Bob Inglis, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Goswami says that these conservation programs help farmers build resilient agricultural systems through crop rotation, encouraging crop diversification, and integrating other practices to improve the condition of the land. Time, 11 Aug. 2023 Integrated pest management, with strategic sowing times, crop rotation, physical barriers where required, and, most crucially, the boosting of biodiversity and the attraction of natural predators, can all keep crops safer and reduce crop damage and losses. Elizabeth Waddington, Treehugger, 6 June 2023 Launched on June 24, the model-activist's organization is dedicated to the practice of regenerative agriculture known as biodynamic farming, a chemical-free method of crop rotation that promotes biodiversity and restores the balance of nutrients in soil. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 July 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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crop rotation

: 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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