University of Manitoba: Natural Systems Agriculture: Increasing Crop Diversity
University of Manitoba Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Department of Plant Science

Increasing Crop Diversity

Increasing crop diversity is an important step towards cropping systems that mimic natural systems. Crop rotation represents crop diversity in time. Crop rotation has improved dramatically in prairie Canada during the past 30 years. Intercropping, where two or more crops are grown together in the same field, represents a form of spatial diversity.

This section will feature practical crop rotation and intercropping ideas that go a long way to making agriculture more sustainable.


Diversity in Time (Crop Rotation)

Diversity in Space (Intercropping)


Review: Redesigning Canadian prairie cropping systems for profitability, sustainability, and resilience. Thiessen Martens, J. R., Entz, M. H. and Wonneck, M. D. 2015.

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This page created October 2005.
Last updated September 2016.