Crop Rotation

The need for crop rotation is an essential part of a successful crop management programme. Growing the same crops in succession can result in weed, pest and disease-prone crops and contribute towards soil exhaustion.

Mzuri recommendation: A minimum four-year rotation (cereals, green crop, cereals, green crop).

Crop Rotation is important because it:

  • Allows a better spread of labour due to different timings of the operation
  • Helps to control weeds and reduces their resistance to chemicals
  • Reduces crop disease
  • Assists with surface straw management
  • Enables users to alternate between narrow and wide row spacings for optimum light interception

Most crops can be strip-tilled with Mzuri Pro-Til but more thought is required about the rotation. Some possible crop rotations include:

  • Winter wheat, winter oilseed rape, winter wheat, spring beans
  • Winter wheat, winter oilseed rape, winter wheat, winter beans
  • Winter wheat, winter oilseed rape, winter wheat, spring linseed

When using the Pro-Til to drill directly into stubble, a lot more rotation options are available which can also be effectively used to control grass weeds. Including a spring crop in the rotation may be crucial to knock grass weeds.

Although the Pro-Til can drill directly into surface straw, some farmers may prefer to create a stale seedbed prior to strip tilling. This is particularly pertinent for farms with a blackgrass or slug problem or for users who wish to accelerate straw decomposition. For these situations, Mzuri offers the Rezult – a low disturbance tilth generator which is highly effective at destroying slug populations and encouraging weed germination prior to chemical treatment.