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Crop Rotation Best Practices: Design a More Effective Rotation

Dear Friend,

Determining what to grow as rotational crops and how they will be sequenced can be a complex process. Most farmers are good at designing rotations once they start trying.

The rotations used may have to change as market, soil, climate, and enterprise conditions change. That is to be expected. When designing a rotation, be thinking of ways you could change it.

Discover the power of hybrid stacked rotation and learn about the pros and cons of everything from the simplest rotation to the most complex. Download our free report: Crop Rotation Tips - Best Practices for Designing a More Effective Crop Rotation below.

Having The Right Crop Rotation Can Improve Soil and Crop Productivity
Crop rotations increase crop yields by improving soil conditions and reducing weed and insect populations. Rotations also help producers use conservation tillage successfully.

A well-planned crop rotation system can help producers avoid many of the problems associated with conservation tillage, such as increased soil compaction, perennial weeds, plant diseases, and slow early season growth. Download our free report: Crop Rotation Tips - Best Practices for Designing a More Effective Crop Rotation.

What You Can Find In Our Free Report: Crop Rotation Tips - Best Practices for Designing a More Effective Crop Rotation
1. Designing a more effective crop rotation
Check over our Top 10 list and keep it as a helpful guide to know what crops to grow and how they can be sequenced in a simple or complex process.

2. Is a simple rotation or simple rotation with perennial sequences what you need?
The most common type of rotation is simple, but it also provides a limited number of crops to market. A perennial sequence adds diversity.

3. Compound and complex rotations creates a more diverse system
Diversity exists in interval for all crops. There is diversity in both sequence and crop environment for corn and wheat.

4. Stacked rotations mimic nature
Crops, or crops within the same crop type, are grown in succession followed by a long break. Using a stacked rotation helps keep both crop sequence and crop interval diverse.

5. Hybrid stacked rotation packs a punch
The idea in a hybrid stacked rotation is to use stacks for the species where it provides the most advantage while avoiding it for other species.

The Bottom Line When Working With Crop Rotations
This free report offers you an in-depth look at the art and science of designing rotations. Rotations can be designed to work well in dry years, but will fail to take advantage of good years unless otherwise tweaked. The best approach to spreading the risk is to use more than one rotation. Download our free report to learn more.

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