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Agricultural Best Management Practices

Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) are a pivotal part of a healthy farm environment. They are used with the intention of achieving positive environmental outcomes that will create sustainable land.

Importance of BMPs

Best Management Practices have the ability to maximize productivity due to improved soil and water conditions. In regard to soils, practicing best management strategies can increase water movement and retention within the ground while increasing the biodiversity of organisms. BMPs are practices that are created to minimize degrading environmental qualities.

Some Agricultural BMPs to keep in mind include:

  • Conservation Tillage
  • Cover Cropping
  • Crop Residue Management
  • Erosion Control
  • Fencing
  • Field Borders
  • Grassed Waterway
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Irrigation Management
  • Nonpoint Source Pollution
  • Nutrient Management
  • Pasture Management
  • Point Source Pollution
  • Riparian Buffers
  • Rotational Grazing
  • Runoff Management
  • Stream Crossings
  • Terracing
  • Wetland Restoration
  • Wildlife Habitats
  • Animal Waste Storage

Keep in mind that each BMP is specific; specific to location, climate, weather, terrain, crops grown, laws and restrictions, and all existing practices warrant an individual take on how to treat your farm. Each task performed has an intention and a repercussion; for example, when working with livestock think about the distance from a water way and their manure runoff, and when working with a sloped landscape consider the irrigation practices to preserve water and minimize nutrient runoff, etc… There are copious amounts of factors that create specific farming practices, so check out what works best for your farms health and the surrounding environments.

For consultations about best management practices check out Full Spectrum. Guidance on farming practices including Integrated Pest Management, Cover Cropping, Field Analysis, Soil Health, and more is offered to create a healthier farm.

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