Tipsheet: Crop Rotation in Organic Farming Systems

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By Rex Dufour, NCAT Agriculture Specialist

Published: July 2015

Updated: n/a



4 pages


Crop rotation, planting a different crop on a particular piece of land each growing season, is required in organic crop production because it is such a useful tool in preventing soil diseases, insect pests, weed problems, and for building healthy soils.

Table of Contents

Why Crop Rotation?
General Principles to Guide Crop Rotations
USDA Organic Regulations Relating to Crop Rotation Standards
Crop Rotation Planning Steps
Considerations for Rotating with Cover Crops
Perennial Crops and Crop Rotation

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