RUSLE2 is used to evaluate potential erosion rates at specific sites as well as guide conservation and erosion control planning. RUSLE2 uses factors that represent the effects of climate (erosivity, precipitation, and temperature), soil erodibility, topography, cover-management, and support practices to compute soil erosion. Conservation planning concepts must be understood and implemented into the RUSLE2 program in order for this program to work effectively.
RUSLE2 Version 188.8.131.52 (Nov.2014)
This update is necessary to improve internal functions, update Soils files, incorporate Fuel Use Energy Calculations, and includes updated database managements. RUSLE2 is scheduled to be updated periodically to ensure the most current version is available to field office staff.
The official NRCS RUSLE2 Program Website, Database and Instructions: Includes files and directions for installing RUSLE2. RUSLE2 Software will be installed by IT staff on Government computers.
Conservation Farm Plan Questionnaire can be completed by farmers themselves, or staff may use it to interview landowners prior to running RUSLE2. This worksheet captures the tillage and rotation issues as well as other practices such as contouring for the field. (doc)
Tillage Equipment-Pocket Identification Guide (7 MB) Pocket guide common farm tillage equipment. It provides definitions and terminology along with color photos and line drawings for equipment commonly used in RUSLE2. Warning: this is a large file and will take some time to download. (pdf)