Conservation Agriculture (CA) allows us to realize multiple benefits to our landscape - soil resilience, agricultural productivity, and clean water - through a set of soil management practices designed to simulate a sustainable system (Shaxson et al, 2008).
There are three core principles of CA:
Minimize soil disturbance (no-till or conservation-till methods)
Maintenance of soil cover throughout the year (cover crops, mulches, residue)
Managing crop rotations to combat pests and pathogens