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crop rotation

the system of varying successive crops in a definite order on the same ground, especially to avoid depleting the soil and to control weeds, diseases, and pests.
Origin of crop rotation
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The length of the rotation may vary from a two-course or two crop rotation to one of several courses.

    The First Book of Farming Charles L. Goodrich
  • It is a reasonable expectation that the application will serve through a crop rotation of four or five years.

  • The crop rotation for the average cotton farmer should include oats, corn, some cotton, and at least one leguminous crop.

  • The old forms of crop rotation with fallow periods were often displaced by legume-rotation field-grass agriculture.

  • On all sides there was heard a strange language of silos, separators and crop rotation.

    A Tenderfoot Bride Clarice E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for crop rotation

crop rotation

the system of growing a sequence of different crops on the same ground so as to maintain or increase its fertility
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