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Conservation Crop Rotation

A view of a field with stripcropping applied. A conservation cropping rotation helps to properly manage a stripcropping system

Practice Code: 328
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)

Conservation crop rotation is the practice of growing various crops on the same piece of land in a planned sequence.

Purposes and Benefits

Using a proper conservation cropping rotation helps a farmer manage livestock ration needs

  • Improves water quality
  • Reduces soil erosion
  • Improves air quality
  • Improves landscape aesthetics

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.

Web image: Photo of corn residue left on the ground after tillageWeb image: Photo of corn residue left on the ground after tillageWeb image: Photo of corn residue left on the ground after tillage

 

 

 

Establishing Cover Crops in Corn at Time of Corn Planting

A crop of rye seeded at the time of corn planting provides many benefitsThe Big Flats Plant Materials Center in Big Flats, New York has published the following guide for corn producers.

Cover Crops in Corn - A Guide for Corn Producers
 

 

Conservation Practice Support Documents

Support Documents for this conservation practice are available for download from an abbreviated version of Section IV of the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG).

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideAll support 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:

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Contour Farming (330)
Cover Crop (340)
Diversion (362)
Mulching (with organic materials) (484)
Mulching (with plastic) (484)
Residue and Tillage Management, No-Till/Strip Till/Direct Seed (329)
Residue and Tillage Management, Ridge Till (346)
Residue Management, Seasonal (344)
Stripcropping (585)

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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