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Conservation Practices
Minnesota Conservation Funding Guide

Contour Stripcropping

Alternating strips of row crops and forage on the contour. Photo courtesy USDA NRCS.

Stripcropping is growing strips of row crops such as corn and soybeans alternate in a planned rotation with equal-width strips of close-growing crops such as forages, small grains or sod, all arranged systematically across a field.

In contour stripcropping, crop strips alternate down a slope on the contour (across or perpendicular to the slope) to reduce soil erosion and runoff.

In cross-wind stripcropping, crop strips are straighter and arranged perpendicular to the prevailing wind direction to reduce soil erosion by wind.

Similar & related practices

Other similar or related practices covered in this Conservation Funding Guide include conservation crop rotation, conservation tillage, cover crops, contour farming, contour buffer strips, terraces and grass waterways.

More information

Guidance from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service


See contacts for specific programs that fund this practice in the side-by-side payment comparison or contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District