Regenerative Annual Cropping
Project Drawdown defines regenerative annual cropping as: any annual cropping system that includes at least four of the following six practices: compost application, cover crops, crop rotation, green manures, no-till or reduced tillage, and/or organic production. These practices sequester carbon in soils and reduce emissions at modest rates, but have wide adoption potential and thus impressive mitigation potential.
This practice replaces conventional annual cropping as well as conservation agriculture. These diverse systems incorporate the best of both conservation agriculture and organic/agro-ecological annual cropping. Conservation agriculture becomes more ecological by adding additional elements like compost application, while organic is striving to move away from its strong emphasis on tillage. Both may be converging on a new approach, which is modeled here.