Better Management Practices for Improved Profitability and Water Quality
South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service , FS944 , 2009

Reicks, G.W., Clay, D.E., Carlson, C.G., Clay, S. A.

Better management practices are flexible, field-tested techniques that increase profitability and reduce the impact of agriculture and livestock production on the environment. Better management practices must be 1) costeffective, 2) proven to reduce negative impacts, 3) realistic, and 4) compatible with an operation’s culture. The purpose of this guide is to discuss the positive and negative aspects of specific better management practices. The transport of sediments, nutrients, chemicals, and bacteria from agricultural fields and livestock-producing areas to nontarget areas can be reduced by the following: a) Applying agrichemicals and manure only to areas requiring treatment. b) Reducing runoff and erosion within a field. c) Using livestock management practices that reduce runoff from feedlots. d) Establishing grazing practices that promote stabilized riparian zones.