Results of Third Crops from Cardinal Farms Research

Reprinted from Practical Farmer

Adding a third crop is not only better for the environment, on-farm research indicates it is beneficial to the pocketbook as well.  Bringing a third cop into the standard corn-soybean rotation has been shown to increase corn and soybean yields while simultaneously reducing input costs, since less herbicide and fertilizer are required for the three-year rotation.  Longer, diverse rotations reduce weed and disease pressures and, depending on the additional crop, enable farmers to grow their own nitrogen.

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