Benefits of Crop Rotation For Kenyan Farmers

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Crop rotation has for a longtime been one of the best ways of ensuring that plants are safe from pests and diseases. Many farmers have ended up losing a lot of crops due to not carrying out the cultural practice of rotating their crops. The following are some of the major benefits that a farmer gets from crop rotation

Maximum utilization of nutrients

Different crop varieties vary in the levels of nutrients and the mineral composition. Rotating crops ensure that they get plenty supply of minerals and the various that remain will be used by a different type of crop. The practice ensures that minerals are used to the maximum way possible.

Control of soil borne pests and diseases

When rotation is practiced by farmers it ensures that the various types of pests that affect the produce are controlled as they are not able to survive and attack certain types of plants in the field. Rotating therefore is the most suitable way of controlling the spread of diseases.

Control of weeds

Parasitic weeds are more common to plants that belong to the grass family hence they should be rotated to ensure that they don’t spread to other varieties of crops in the nursery bed. Weed control ensures that the crops gain much minerals and nutrients from the soil.

Control of soil erosion

Crops planted in rows ensures that they provide adequate ground cover hence protecting the soil surface from extreme erosion by preventing the main agents of soil erosion from attacking the crop species.

 

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