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Fact Sheet - Conservation Tillage Residue Management (Code 329 and 345)

Fact Sheet - Conservation Tillage Residue Management (Code 329 and 345)

Conservation Tillage

 

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering assistance by encouraging California growers to use new and innovative agricultural emission reduction practices and technologies that provide significant environmental benefits to our natural resources.

This practice provides a payment to adopt on-field conservation residue and tillage management practices. Emission reductions are associated with reducing soil disturbances and leaving crop residue on the soil surface, thus emitting less particulate emissions. Conservation tillage has the added benefit of reducing the number of vehicle trips over that of conventional tillage operations, resulting in less fuel consumption and reduced emissions from combustion equipment.

329 - Residue and Tillage Management, No-Till / Strip-Till / Direct Seed

329 - Residue and Tillage Management, No-Till / Strip-Till / Direct Seed

345 - Residue and Tillage Management, Mulch Till

345 - Residue and Tillage Management, Mulch-Till

California growers must meet eligibility requirements to qualify for payments.

  • All annually tilled row crops are eligible.
  • Reduce or modify tillage operations that generate dust by adopting tillage practices that reduce vehicle trips across the field and utilize tillage equipment proven to reduce particulate emissions.
  • Residues are to be uniformly distributed over the entire field. No residue is burned. Unless otherwise stipulated, the Soil Tillage Intensity Rating (STIR) value shall not exceed the following:
    • 30 for No-Till / Strip-Till / Direct Seed
    • 100 for Mulch Till.
  • The minimum contract length is four years.
  • Payments will occur on the first and third years of the contract. No payments are made on the second and fourth year of the contract.

For More Information

For more information about the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, please contact your local USDA Service Center, listed in the government section of the phone book under U.S. Department of Agriculture. Information is also available on the internet at http://www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov.