Agricultural runoff occurs when water flows either as rain, spring snowmelt, or irrigation over farm fields. If the land is not managed properly, this runoff water may contain fertilizers, pesticides, animal waste, or soil particles. What took generations to restore and enhance can be swept away with one storm event. Agricultural runoff can be prevented with conservation practices that improve soil health such as, cover crops, crop residue management, irrigation water management, nutrient management, crop rotations that include perennials, sediment control basins and buffers.
-Stearns County SWCD, MN

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