Common Agricultural Terms for the Landowner

Quite often we are asked by our readers for a glossary of terms on a particular subject.  Here is one that should be of considerable interest to all landowners  whether you are farming or not. Composting - the controlled aerobic decomposition of raw organic material. Conservation Crop Rotation - a system for growing several different crops in planned succession on the same field. Conservation Drainage - refers to several emerging technologies and methods that provide the benefits of conventional agricultural drainage. Conservation … [Read more...]

Conservation Buffers

What is a conservation buffer? A conservation buffer is a small strip of land in permanent vegetation that helps to control an environmental problem or concern.  They are typically less expensive to install than other practices which require more engineering and construction.  There are many different types of buffers such as a windbreak which we discussed in a previous article,  shelter belts, field borders,  alley cropping,  areas of shallow water,  living snow fences, contour grass strips, vegetative barriers, and riparian buffers.  Each … [Read more...]