Are You Using Crop Rotation for the Long Haul?
Mary-Howell Martens of Lakeview Organic Gardens believes in using long-term crop rotation for economic success and for soil health. Martens stresses that high-intensity crop rotations, even of five years, is not necessarily enough to maintain healthy soil in the long run. She believes more than a extraction and replacement of minerals needs to be considered. Martens urges farmers to become more innovative in their choices and goes on to lay out eight basic principles of crop rotations and promising crop mixes.