Managing the amount, orientation, and distribution of crop and other plant residue on the soil surface year-round while limiting soil-disturbing activities to those necessary to place nutrients, condition residue, and plant crops.
- Reduce sheet and rill erosion.
- Reduce wind erosion.
- Improve soil organic matter content.
- Reduce CO2 losses from the soil.
- Reduce energy use
- Increase plant-available moisture.
- Provide food and escape cover for wildlife.