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     Crop Rotations

 

   We at Jacob Farms believe in diversifying our crop rotation.  Crop rotation can improve yield and profitability over time, contol weeds, break disease cycles, control pests, reduce soil erosion, improve soil tilth, increase the soil's organic matter, and reduce runoff of nutrients and chemicals.

  In a no-till system, annual crop rotations will add to soil structure by diversifying the types of roots that are being added to the system.  From taproot crops to fibrous root crops, diversity in root structure will improve the soil's physcial, biological, and chemical structures. 

    By diversifying cropping sequences, it disrupts the annual life cycle of diseases, insects, and weeds.  And by breaking up their life cycles, we use fewer crop inputs to fight pests, and thus reduce both costs and enviromental repercussions.

Irrigated Rotation:  Corn-Corn-Soybean-D.C. Wheat- D.C. Soybean or Milo. 

 

Dryland Rotation:  Corn-Soybean-D.C. Wheat-D.C. Milo or Soybean

 

We plant cover crop mixes between the corn and soybean cash crop most years and various other blends wherever it fits into the rotation scheme.

 

 

 

       Our main goal is to always have something growing!  The soil is a living organism and needs to be fed all year around.  So when one crop comes off another goes back in whether it is a cash crop or a cover crop.