Keeping Nutrients in the Field

A look at some of the conservation practices used by farmers

Conservation Tillage – Farming with Crop Residues

Reduces soil erosion, keeping sediment and organic matter out of waterways
Combines soil drying and warming benefits of tillage while disturbing less soil
Conserves soil by retaining crop residue on soil surface

Vegetative Filter Strips

Removes sediment, organic matter, and pollutants from runoff and waste water

Cover Crops

Reduces soil erosion and holds onto nutrients when crops aren’t growing

Grassed Waterways

Reduces runoff, transports water to an outlet, and controls erosion

For additional information on conservation practices, contact the DeKalb County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service at 815-756-3234, ext. 3.