Section a

Select and implement tillage and cultivation practices that maintain or improve the physical, chemical, and biological condition of soil and minimize soil erosion.

with the provisions of this section.

This subsection provides guidelines for soil preparation. It requires that producers use

Soil that has good physical condition is porous, like a sponge, rather than tightly packed, like a ball of modeling clay.

Photo by Lynn Betts, USDA NRCS.

tillage and cultivation practices that protect against soil erosion, while also maintaining or improving soil quality.

To better understand this subsection, we will first examine soil characteristics associated with improved physical, chemical, and biological conditions. Then we will look at how these changes in soil quality affect plant growth, health, and production. Finally, we will look at management practices that can facilitate these changes.

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