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Fallowing, and long-term application of organic inputs resulted in a buildup of soil organic matter, and this significantly enhanced aggregate stability and C and N pools especially at top (0-15 cm) and at subsoil (15-30 cm) depths for some soil fractions (Table 4).
'But human wildlife conflict has contributed a lot to agricultural practice decline leading to fallowing of lands,' he said.
The effects of these 4 legume rotations, compared with continuous wheat growing and biennial fallowing, on wheat yields and grain protein have already been reported (Holford and Crocker 1997).
Fallowing isn't always possible, of course, but other measures may help.
Fallowing allows soil water to accumulate for use by a subsequent crop thereby reducing the incidence of crop failure.