Mark Shepard: Water Control on the Farm: Keyline and Beyond

Mark Shepard


Whether your land is flat or hilly, there are sophisticated options for optimizing water-holding based on keyline design and other principles. This Wisconsin farmer explains the various techniques as well as their strengths and weaknesses. Learn the shortfalls of traditional contour farming, grassy waterways and USDA terraces as compared to Australian-borne keyline design and the presenter’s modified American Keyline methods. Shepard, author of the book Restoration Agriculture, shows how shaping the land on his own farm has produced benefits for two decades.

Recorded at the 2016 Acres U.S.A. Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, Thursday, December 1, 2016.

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