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Best Management Practices – Conservation Tillage

Quick fact sheet to support conservation tillage. 

  • Conservation tillage is designed to minimize soil disturbance, reduce soil compaction, maintain previous crop residue on or near the soil surface and minimize the number of field operations.
  • Crop residue on or near the soil surface has been shown to protect soil from the erosive energy of irrigation water.
  • Protects water quality by reducing the amount of sediment carried downstream to lakes and waterways.
  • Conserves water by reducing evaporation at the soil surface.
  • Reduces production costs such as fuel, labor and equipment maintenance