Crop rotation increases maize yields in Malawi

Incorporating crop rotations, whether in conventional or conservation agriculture tillage systems, could help boost maize yields, according to a study in Malawi.

If maize is alternated with legumes, soil fertility is improved because legumes fix nitrogen in the soil,  This calls for farmers to adopt conservation agriculture because, among others, it improves soil structure, water retention, organic matter content and fertility. All these lead to higher and more stable yields.

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