Residue and Tillage Management, No Till/Strip Till/Direct Seed
Practice Code: 329
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)
No Till/Strip Till/Direct seed is the management of the amount, orientation and distribution of crop and other plant residue on the soil surface year round while providing the least amount of soil-disturbing activities during planting operations.
Purposes and Benefits
- Ground cover prevents soil erosion and protects water quality
- Residue improves soil tilth and adds organic matter to the soil as it decomposes
- Fewer trips and less tillage reduces soil compaction
- Time, energy and labor savings are possible with fewer tillage trips
Farming With Crop Residues
Farming with Crop Residues, a brochure published by the NRCS, presents photographs of various percentages of ground cover that can be expected using different tillage techniques.
Conservation Practice Documents
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)
Cover Crop (340)
Mulching (with organic materials) (484)
Mulching (with plastic) (484)
Residue and Tillage Management, Mulch Till (345)
Residue and Tillage Management, Ridge Till (346)
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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