Is there any difference between the advantages of mixed cropping and intercropping? if so,what are they?

Asked by S SELVA | 8th Sep, 2015, 12:10: PM

Expert Answer:

Mixed cropping


  • Growing two or more crops simultaneously on the same piece of land.
  • Growing two or more crops simultaneously in the same field in a definite pattern.
  • Examples:
    • Wheat + Gram
    • Wheat + Mustard
    • Groundnut + Sunflower
  • Examples:
    • Soyabean + Maize
    • Finger millet (Bajra) + Cowpea (lobia)


Advantages of mixed cropping:

  • Minimises the risk of crop failure.
  • Seeds of two crops are mixed before sowing.
  • Crops yield can be increased.

Advantages of intercropping:

  • Increases the productivity per unit area.
  • Pesticides can be easily applied to individual crop.
  • Both crops can be easily harvested and threshed.
  • Soil erosion is reduced.
  • Allows better use of natural resources such as light, soil air and water.

Answered by Sheetal Kolte | 8th Sep, 2015, 12:37: PM