North America, Production/Agronomy, Studies/Reports

Crop rotation: Call in a nurse. A ‘nurse’ crop, that is

Recent years have seen increased attention on the health of the soil used in potato production, and attempts to bring potatoes into longer rotations with other crops, writes Ralph Pearce, CG Production Editor in Country Guide.

He says that in Canada’s Maritime provinces, seed companies are promoting soybeans or corn as rotational options, and McCain has developed one- and two-year multi-species cover crop blends to help boost organic matter and limit erosion.

Sheldon Hann, a biologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in Fredericton, says there is a direct correlation between organic matter and crop production

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