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FY 2014 Resource-Conserving Crop Rotations

A supplemental Stewardship payment may be available for participants who agree to adopt a new resource-conserving crop rotation. The local NRCS conservationist will help you identify an eligible rotation appropriate for the location and operation.


A resource-conserving crop rotation is a crop rotation that:

  1. Includes at least one resource conserving crop.
  2. Reduces soil erosion;
  3. Improves soil fertility and tilth;
  4. Interrupts pest cycles; and
  5. In applicable areas, reduces depletion of soil moisture or otherwise reduces the need for irrigation.
A resource-conserving crop is one of the following:
  1. A perennial grass.  Typical Oregon examples would include:
    • Hay, grass/legume/grass-legume;
    • Pasture, grass/legume/grass-legume;
    • Grass, seed (perennial ryegrass, fescue);
    • Alfalfa; and
    • Chicory, seed.
  2. A legume grown for use as forage, seed, for planting, or green manure.
  3. A legume-grass mixture.
  4. A small grain grown in combination with a grass or legume, whether interseeded or planted in rotation.