Crop Rotation on Organic Farms

Crop Rotation on Organic Farms

Crop Rotation on Organic Farms

A Planning Manual

This manual provides an in-depth review of the applications of crop rotation-including improving soil quality and health, and managing pests, diseases, and weeds. Consulting with expert organic farmers, the authors share rotation strategies that can be applied under various field conditions and with a wide range of crops.

Crop Rotation on Organic Farms will be most applicable for the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada, but will also be useful in other parts of the U.S., Canada, and even Europe.
Published by the Natural Resource, Agriculture and Engineering Service (NRAES) and funded in part by SARE, the book includes instructions for making rotation planning maps and discusses the transition to organic farming. Other features include:

  • Problems and opportunities for over 500 crop sequences
  • Characteristics of more than 60 crops and 70 weeds 
  • Crop diseases hosted by over 80 weed species 
  • Modes of transmission for 250 diseases of 24 crops 
  • Thirteen sample four- and five-year vegetable and grain crop rotations 
  • Managing Crop Rotation Chart with key tasks and steps 
  • Sample worksheets and calculations
  • Step-by-step procedure for determining crop rotation plans
Product specs
Year: 2009
Length: 154 Pages
Author(s): Charles L. Mohler, Sue Ellen Johnson
Location: North Central | Northeast | South | West
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