A close-up of fertile soil that has been prepared for planting chick peas. Farmers who have been using a medic/cereal rotation for many years find they gain other benefits such as increased fertility and less erosion. - - General: General. Medic (medicago) is a pasture legume which thrives in semi-arid regions with wet winters and long, dry summers. It returns year after year without replanting. Highly nutritious for year-round grazing, this pasture plant is the basis of South Australia's dryland farming systems which combine cereals and sheep production. Medic is indigenous to North Africa and the Near East where thousands of ecotypes have adapted to different conditions. Only recently is it receiving attention by agronomists in these regions who are beginning to see the great potential medic has for improving pastures, cereals and soils cheaply and efficiently. What is insufficiently accepted is the technique of shallow cultivation. Medic will regenerate for years after one sowing if the seedbed is prepared correctly. In order to teach field technicians and farmers the correct methods of cultivating and managing medic, a series of four filmstrips have been produced in Tunisia, Algeria and Jordan by the Regional Office for the Near East and the Information Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Collaboration and assistance in Jordan was provided by the Jordan Cooperative Organization.