Research has shown the benefits of diversifying crop rotations, and yet most Prairie farmers keep their rotations pretty simple. For the past four years, researchers across Western Canada have compared different crop rotations to measure the drawbacks and benefits. This work is designed to help farmers make crop rotation decisions that are the best fit for their operation, based on local research.

Six different crop rotations were studied in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to represent growing conditions in the northern Canadian Prairies. This factsheet looks at the differences between rotations for precipitation use efficiency.