Managing soil fertility in organic farming systems

  title={Managing soil fertility in organic farming systems},
  author={C. A. Watson and Donna L Atkinson and Paul Gosling and L. Jackson and Francis Rayns},
  journal={Soil Use and Management},
Abstract. Complex relationships exist between different components of the organic farm and the quantity and quality of the end products depend on the functioning of the whole system. As such, it is very difficult to isolate soil fertility from production and environmental aspects of the system. Crop rotation is the central tool that integrates the maintenance and development of soil fertility with different aspects of crop and livestock production in organic systems. Nutrient supply to crops… 
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