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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for crop rotation
Historical Examples
  • It is a reasonable expectation that the application will serve through a crop rotation of four or five years.

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

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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