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What did Charles Townshend invent?

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Charles Townshend is responsible for inventing the four-field crop rotation system. Although similar systems had been used in the past in agriculture, Townshend was the first to improve upon it and bring it to Great Britain.

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What did Charles Townshend invent?
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The four-field crop rotation system was devised to allow fields to rest while still growing food. If a crop is continually grown in the same field, the soil will lose nutrients in time and become far less effective. Dividing a large field into four fields and rotating them each season allows the fields to retain high levels of nutrients. Townshend primarily used wheat, clover, oats and turnips in his system.

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