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No-Till Challenge


You failed the No-Till Challenge

Since you answered "Yes" to at least one of the previous questions, this indicates you are not following the NRCS requirements for no-till. Please visit your local NRCS office to find out how you can fully benefit from a no-till system.

Why did you fail?

There is a misconception that if you leave a field covered with residue, you are a no-till farmer. No-till is not just about leaving residue on the soil surface. It is also about stopping the disturbance of the soil structure. Any tillage, regardless of its depth, will undo all the benefits of any previous no-till farming if it fractures the consolidated soil and breaks the macropores. This includes losing any improvements in soil quality gained by previous investments in no-till.

Looking for help?

If you need additional information about no-till farming, your conservation plan or other conservation-related questions, please contact your local USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office. Our trained staff can help you determine if you are following the requirements in your conservation plan, as well as provide more information about no-till farming methods. If you are not following your plan, you may lose eligibility for USDA benefits.