Practice Code: 330
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)
Contour farming is the practice of farming with row patterns that run nearly level across the land, not up and down.
Purposes and Benefits
Contour farming reduces soil erosion
Improves water quality by reducing sedimentation and runoff
Improves plant productivity by increasing the amount of water stored in the soil
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 Buffer Strips (332)
If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forestland, please contact your local NRCS office.
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