Rotation of Farm Crops in Dutchess County, New York

Seasons on the Farm.

Crops of this region are connected almost entirely with the dairy industry, either as fodder or for soil enrichment. By rotating his crops, the farmer can prevent the soil from becoming exhausted. The usual rotation is two years of clover, or alfalfa, one of hay, and one of corn.

Winter wheat and barley are used as cover crops to reduce erosion of the soil during the winter. Oats are planted in the spring mostly for fodder.