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Field Border

A border of permanent vegetation at the edge of a crop field

Practice Code: 386
Reporting Unit: Feet (Ft.)

A field border is a strip of permanent vegetation established at the edge or around the perimeter of a field.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Improves farm anesthetics
  • Permanent vegetative cover along field edges reduces soil erosion caused by equipment turning, loading and unloading
  • Vegetation provides a buffer around the perimeter or at least one side of the field for improved water quality and other environmental benefits
  • Vegetation provides cover and habitat for wildlife

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)
Early Successional Habitat Development/Management (647)
Upland Wildlife Habitat Management (645)
Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management (644)

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


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