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Practice Code: 585
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)

Stripcropping is the practice of growing crops in a systematic arrangement of strips in a field to reduce soil erosion, reducing particulate emissions into the air and improving water quality.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Improves farm aesthetics
  • Vegetative treatment can reduce the runoff of nutrients and other pollutants that impact water quality
  • Vegetation prevents contaminants from entering water bodies, protecting water quality
  • Reduces soil erosion by capturing sediment
  • Helps reduce fertilizer costs by providing nutrient inputs naturally

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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)
Cover Crop (340)
Diversion (362)
Grassed Waterway (412)
Nutrient Management (590)
Obstruction Removal (500)
Subsurface Drain (606)

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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