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Deep Tillage

A farm tractor pulling a chisel implement that reaches depths of six to twelve inches.Practice Code: 324

Deep tillage means performing tillage operations below the normal tillage depth to modify the physical or chemical properties of a soil. It includes tillage operations commonly referred to as deep plowing, subsoiling, ripping, or row-till, which are carried out on an as-needed basis.

Conservation Practice Documents

Conservation Practice Standard Overview
NRCS New York Conservation Practice Standard

Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG)Conservation planners shall reference NRCS New York Field Office Technical Guide for additional documents, tools, references, and procedures required with this practice.


Related Conservation Practices

This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:

Conservation Crop Rotation
Contour Farming
Cover Crop
Forest Stand Improvement
Irrigation Water Management
Nutrient Management
Pest Management - Control of Invasive Species
Upland Wildlife Habitat Management

On grazing lands, this practice may be used with Prescribed Grazing and other pasture management practices.

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

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