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Contour Farming

Farming operations being perfromed along the contour of the landPractice Code: 330

Contour farming is using ridges and furrows formed by tillage, planting and other farming operations to change the direction of runoff from directly downslope to around the hillslope.

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Conservation Practice Documents

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Conservation Practice Standard Overview
NRCS New York Conservation Practice Standard

Field Office Technical GuideConservation planners shall reference NRCS New York Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG) 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 Buffer Strips
Grassed Waterway
Underground Outlet
Water and Sediment Control Basin

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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