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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crop rotation

Historical Examples of crop rotation

  • They have quite a diversity of crops, and I suspect that they have some idea of crop-rotation.


    H. Beam Piper

  • The years of mowing are arranged in the crop-rotation to provide for as many harvests as promise immediate profit.

  • In a crop-rotation containing corn and wheat, the corn-stubble land is left unbroken until May or June, and then plowed.

  • Here are two systems of crop-rotation as practiced at one or more agricultural experiment stations.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

  • Clover-growing, crop-rotation, using animal manures, those are their inventions.

    Blind Man's Lantern

    Allen Kim Lang

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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