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Grazing Land Mechanical Treatment

Practice Code: 548
Reporting Unit: Number (No.)

Grazing land mechanical treatment is the practice of modifying physical soil and/or plant conditions with mechanical tools by treatments such as pitting, contour furrowing, and ripping or sub-soiling.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Improves soil permeability
  • Reduces runoff and increases infiltration
  • Reduces soil erosion
  • Renovate and stimulate plant community for greater productivity and yield

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 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:

Forage and Biomass Planting (512)
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) (595)
Nutrient Management (590)
Prescribed Grazing (528)

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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