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Introduction & guidelines

Dryland systems are those which describe production techniques under limited precipitation and usually severe resource concern constraints. The resource constraints include soil erosion by both wind and water; periods of water stress of significant duration; and limited production inputs. A transition from irrigated to dryland farming and ranching conservation activity plan is a conservation system that focuses on crop yield sustainability and water conservation/water harvesting techniques. A Transition to Dryland conservation activity plan must:

  1. Meet NRCS quality criteria for soil quality, water quality and quantity, and other identified resource concerns;
  2. Comply with federal, state, tribal, and local laws, regulations and permit requirements; and
  3. Satisfy the operator’s objectives.

Producers may choose to transition from irrigated to dryland farming and/or ranching for reasons that include, but are not limited to:

  1. Reducing water use;
  2. Protecting threatened or endangered species;
  3. Restoring flow to streams and improving fisheries;
  4. Improving irrigation water management on other land not in dryland system;
  5. Protecting or securing present water rights; and
  6. Continuing farming/ranching in drought conditions or if water rights are reduced or lost.

Practice Code 134 - Transition from Irrigated to Dryland Plan Development Criteria

Practice Code 134 - Transition from Irrigated to Dryland Plan Checklist