Contour Buffer Strip
How it works
The strips reduce erosion by slowing water flow and increasing water infiltration.
By reducing siltation and filtering nutrients and chemicals from runoff, grass strips improve water quality.
Are other conservation measures such as crop residue management installed or planned to help reduce siltation of grass strips?
Will planned acres in row crops meet your production objectives?
Either crop strips or grass strips may be parallel. Parallel crop strips are easier to farm with no point rows, but that results in less of the slope in row crops.
Grass buffer strips commonly make up 20% to 30% of the slope. *
Delay mowing until July 15 to help ground-nesting birds. *
Keep vegetation tall in spring and early summer to help slow runoff flow.
Fertilize as needed.
The buffer strip may be moved up or down the slope to help re-establish vegetation or for other maintenance needs.
* Check local conditions.