Sample Lesson

Developed by: D. Muenchrath
Completion Time: 1 week


In the last lesson, you learned that multiple cropping systems intensify production in time and/or space. More specifically, sequential cropping amplifies crop production in time, whereas intercropping does so in both time and space. This lesson will focus on intercropping systems.

Interest in intercropping in the U.S. is expanding as research emphases shift towards developing production practices that will improve agricultural sustainability and accountability. Much of the available data on intercropping is from developing nations, where intercropping has been more commonly practiced—there is much we can learn from these systems. The information and principles do apply to intercropping systems adapted for agriculture in the U.S. and other industrialized nations.
  1. Describe and compare intercropping patterns.
  2. Evaluate yield responses of intercropping systems.
  3. Analyze the ecology of multiple cropping patterns.
  4. Compare the productivity of cropping systems.