Contour Orchard and Other Perennial Crops
Practice Code: 331
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)
Contour Orchard and other perennial crops is the planting orchards, vineyards, or other perennial crops so that all cultural operations are done on or near the contour.
Purposes and Benefits
Contour orchard and other fruit areas reduces soil erosion and improves soil health
Increases water infiltration, contouring promotes better water quality
Improves plant productivity by increasing the amount of water stored in the soil
Provides wildlife food and habitat
Provides sites for pollinator species such as bees
Ground Disturbing Potential of Conservation Practices
This is a potential ground disturbing conservation practice. Any project with ground disturbing or potential ground disturbing practices planned may need to be submitted for review by the State Historic Preservation Officer and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers. Please see the Cultural Resources Review Process Flowchart for an outline of this process.
View a list of conservation practices used in New York State, and their ground disturbing potential.
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:
Access Road (560)
Contour Farming (330)
Conservation Cover (327)
Cover Crop (340)
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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