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
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
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