Practice Code: 324
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)
Deep tillage is the practice of performing tillage operations below the normal tillage depth to modify the physical or chemical properties of a soil. It includes tillage operations commonly referred to as deep plowing, sub-soiling, ripping, or row-till.
Purpose and Benefits
Bury or mix soil deposits from wind or water erosion or flood overwash
Reduce concentration of soil contaminants, which inhibit plant growth
Fracture restrictive soil layers
Conservation Practice Support Documents
Support Documents for this conservation practice are available for download from an abbreviated version of Section IV of the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG).
All support documents associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide web site.
Related Conservation Practices
This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:
Conservation Crop Rotation (328)
Contour Farming (330)
Cover Crop (340)
Irrigation Water Management (449)
Nutrient Management (590)
Pest Management - Control of Invasive Species (595)
On grazing lands, this practice may be used with Prescribed Grazing and other pasture management practices.
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