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Deep Tillage

A farm tractor pulling a chisel implement that reaches depths of six to twelve inches.

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 Documents

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideDocuments 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)
Forest Stand Improvement (666)
Irrigation Water Management (449)
Nutrient Management (590)
Pest Management - Control of Invasive Species (595)
Upland Wildlife Habitat Management (645)

On grazing lands, this practice may be used with Prescribed Grazing (528) and other pasture management practices.

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forestland, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.


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