5601 S. Apple Creek Road
Apple Creek OH

Agricultural Soil Conservation Management

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Agricultural Conservation & Management

Orr Construction leads the way in the design/build of farmland conservation practices. With nearly five decades of experience coupled with state-of-the-art GPS and laser technologies, you can count on the Orr Advantage to develop and implement farmland conservation plans that:

  • Maximize crop yields
  • Minimize impact of excessive wet or dry growing seasons
  • Enable early spring entry/late fall harvest based on soil types and topography
  • Preserve precious topsoil from erosion and runoff
  • Provide shorter construction times attributed to the GPS advantages
  • Add more dollars to your bottom line

Conservation Practices

There are many recognized conservation practices available to achieve these objectives. Based on Orr's assessment of your property, we may recommend a combination of any of the following practices:

  • Grass waterway. Naturally occurring or constructed shallow channel planted in grasses or legumes and used to prevent gully formation in farmland.
  • Field borders. Strips of grasses or legumes along the edges of fields. These borders replace end rows and protect against erosion and runoff.
  • Contour buffer strips. Permanent strips of grasses or legumes that run contour to the slope of the field and reduce erosion and soil runoff.
  • Grade (or gully) stabilization structure. Structure (i.e., dam or embankment) built across an outlet or other drainageway that reduces erosion/loss of sediment
  • Water/sediment control basin. An earthen embankment built to temporarily hold water while it slowly drains through an infiltration pipe or tile line.
  • Terrace. Earthen embankment along a slope or grade designed to intercept and slow water flow, thereby reducing runoff and erosion.
  • Diversion. Similar to a terrace but designed to redirect water flow to a path with less erosion.
  • Riparian buffers. Strips of grasses or legumes planted along streams, ditches, and other surface waterways that reduce or prevent sediment or pesticide runoff. These also help with preventing manure runoff.
  • Stream crossings. Fords, culverts, or small bridges built to allow livestock, equipment, or people to cross at a controlled location, thereby preventing excessive streambank erosion and water pollution.
  • Stream Bank stabilization. Cleaning up (i.e., removing trees and other debris), reshaping, and adding rip-rap (or vegetation) to stream banks to prevent erosion.
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