For example, you might have noticed some wide strips between sections of corn. These are called buffer strips. These are strips of grass or other permanent vegetation that are at least 15 feet wide and help slow down run off. This reduces erosion and helps with water infiltration. Because the strips trap sediment and reduce siltation, water getting to the crops is a better quality.
Buffer strips are but one way farmers help protect the land and other natural resources. This document also covers food plots, contour farming, well protection, wind breaks and many more. It identifies each practice, tells how it works, how it helps, and maintenance suggestions. This document will be very useful if you are trying to understand the farming process. Maybe you farm yourself or want to get involved in it. Reading Conservation Choices would be a great way to start. The sudoc number of this item is A 57.6/2: C 76/12 and it is available for check out.