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Fallowing is the management practice of leaving land in an uncropped state for a period of time prior to sowing another crop. Its purpose is to allow for the accumulation and retention of water and mineralised nutrients in the soil, and generally to also allow for weed control.

Source Publication:
Environmental Indicators for Agriculture – Vol. 3: Methods and Results, OECD, 2001, glossary, pages 389-391.

Cross References:
Fallow agricultural land - UN

Version Indicator: OECD

Statistical Theme: Agriculture and fisheries statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Thursday, November 29, 2001