2 Filter Strip Conservation Practices Soil ErosionFilter StripWater QualityWildlifeFilter strips are strips of grass, trees, or shrubs that filter or clean runoff and remove contaminants before they reach water bodies or water sources, such as wells.
3 Filter Strip How it helps... Conservation PracticesSoil ErosionFilter StripHow it helps...Water QualityGrass, trees and shrubs provide cover for small birds and animalsGround cover reduces soil erosionThe vegetative strip moves rowcrop operations farther from a stream.Vegetation prevents contaminants from entering water bodies, protecting water qualityWildlife
4 Contour Stripcropping Conservation PracticesSoil ErosionContour StripcroppingWater QualityProfitsWildlifeContour stripcropping is crop rotation and contouring combined in equal-width strips of corn or soybeans planted on the contour and alternated with strips of oats, grass, or legumes.
5 Contour Stripcropping Conservation PracticesSoil ErosionContour StripcroppingHow it helps...Water QualityContour stripcropping reduces soil erosion and protects water qualityContour stripcropping may help reduce fertilizer costs by providing nutrient inputs naturallyProfitsWildlife
6 Contour Farming Conservation Practices Soil ErosionContour FarmingWater QualityContour farming is farming with row patterns that run nearly level around the hill--not up and down the hill.
7 Contour Farming How it helps... Conservation PracticesSoil ErosionContour FarmingHow it helps...Water QualityContouring can reduce soil erosion by as much as 50% from up and down hill farmingBy reducing sediment and runoff, and increasing water infiltration, contouring promotes better water quality
8 Windbreak Conservation Practices Soil ErosionWindbreakProfitsWildlifeAir QualityWindbreaks are rows of trees and shrubs that protect areas from wind and provide food and cover for wildlife.
9 Conservation Practices Soil ErosionWindbreakHow it helps...ProfitsA windbreak reduces wind erosion, conserves energy, reduces heating bills and beautifies a farmsteadTrees serve as a sound barrier, muffling road noiseTrees and shrubs provide wildlife food and coverImproved livestock weight gains can be expected when livestock are protected from winter winds and snowWildlifeAir Quality
10 Stream Protection Conservation Practices Soil ErosionStream ProtectionWater QualityWildlifeStream protection is a practice that protects streams by excluding livestock and establishing buffer zones of vegetation to filter runoff.
11 Stream Protection How it helps... Conservation PracticesSoil ErosionStream ProtectionHow it helps...Water QualityStreambanks are covered with rocks, grass, trees, or other cover to reduce erosionBetter water quality results from reducing amounts of nutrients, chemicals, animal waste, and sediment entering the streamBuffer zones provide cover and habitat for birds and small animalsWildlife
12 Tree Planting Conservation Practices Soil ErosionTree PlantingWater QualityProfitsWildlifeTree planting is used to establish trees in areas adapted to woodlands.Air Quality
13 Tree Planting How it helps... Conservation PracticesSoil ErosionTree PlantingWater QualityHow it helps...Improving stands of woodlands can increase profitsGround cover created by trees and associated debris protects soil for rill and sheet erosionGround cover also protects water quality by filtering excess nutrients and chemicals from surface runoff and increasing infiltration ratesHealthy, well-managed woodlands provide long-term wildlife habitatProfitsWildlifeAir Quality
14 Crop Rotation Conservation Practices Soil ErosionCrop RotationWater QualityProfitsWildlifeCrop rotation is changing the crops grown in a field, usually year by year.
15 Crop Rotation How it helps... Conservation PracticesSoil ErosionCrop RotationHow it helps...Water QualityPesticide costs may be reduced by naturally breaking the cycles of weeds, insects, and diseasesGrass and legumes in a rotation protect water quality by preventing excess nutrients or chemicals from entering water suppliesMeadow or small grains cut soil erosion dramaticallyCrop rotations add diversity to an operationProfitsWildlife
16 Wetlands Conservation Practices Soil ErosionWetlandsWater QualityWildlifeA wetland is a marsh-type area with saturated soils and water-loving plants. Wetlands provide wildlife habitat and serve as natural filters of agricultural runoff.
17 Conservation Practices Soil ErosionWetlandsHow it helps...Water QualityWetlands can provide natural pollution control. They remove nutrients, pesticides, and bacteria form surface waters and can act as efficient, low-cost sewage and animal waste treatment practicesWetlands filter and collect sediment from runoff waterBecause wetlands slow overland flow and store runoff water, they reduce both soil erosion and flooding downstreamMany wetlands release water slowly into the ground which recharges groundwater suppliesWildlife
18 Terrace Conservation Practices Soil ErosionTerraceWater QualityWildlifeA terrace is an earthen embankment around a hillside that stops water flow and stores it or guides it safely off a field.
19 Terrace How it helps... Both water and soil quality are improved Conservation PracticesSoil ErosionTerraceHow it helps...Water QualityBoth water and soil quality are improvedTerraces with grass on front or backslopes can provide valuable nesting habitatWildlife
20 Cover Crop Conservation Practices Soil ErosionCover CropWater QualityAir QualityCover crops are a close-growing crop that temporarily protects the soil when crop residues are not adequate.
21 Conservation Practices Soil ErosionCover CropHow it helps...Water QualityCover crops keep ground covered, add organic matter to the soil, trap nutrients, improve soil tilth, and reduce weed competitionAir Quality