Minimize Soil Disturbance
Limiting soil disturbing activities – including physical, chemical and biological disturbances -protects soil structure and function and can enhance the biological component of soil life.
Narrow strips of permanent herbaceous cover established around the hill slope and alternated down the slope with wider cropped strips that are farmed on the contour.
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.
Establishing permanent vegetation on sites that have, or are expected to have, high erosion rates, and on sites that have physical, chemical or biological conditions that prevent the establishment of vegetation with normal practices.
This practice is also used for: Maximize Living Roots
A strip of permanent vegetation established at the edge or around the perimeter of a field.
A strip or area of herbaceous vegetation that removes contaminants from overland flow.
A shaped or graded channel that is established with suitable vegetation to interrupt and slow the rate of surface water flow.
Grasses, sedges, rushes, ferns, legumes, and forbs tolerant of intermittent flooding or saturated soils, established or managed as the dominant vegetation in the transitional zone between upland and aquatic habitats.
Windbreaks or shelterbelts are single or multiple rows of trees or shrubs planted in a linear configuration.
HOW do farmers join the Million Acre Challenge?
Filling out a self-assessment survey enrolls farmers in the challenge and gives them access to tools to track their progress toward healthy soils knowledge and management.