Forage and Biomass Planting

A recent pasture and hay planting being inspected

Practice Code: 512
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)

Forage and biomass is the establishment of adapted and/or compatible species, varieties, or cultivars of herbaceous species suitable for pasture, hay, or biomass production.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Protects water quality by maintaining a healthy cover which reduces erosion and deposition
  • Provides quality forage for grazing livestock
  • Provides food and habitat for wildlife and nesting birds
  • Improves soil health
  • Produce feedstock for biofuel or energy production

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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Conservation Crop Rotation (328)
Prescribed Grazing (528)
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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