NRCS 328 Conservation Crop Rotation



Eric Hurley, Sponsor – NRCS

Mike Stanek, Team Leader – NRCS

Adam Abel – NRCS

Barry Bubolz – NRCS

Cody Calkins – DATCP

Holly Giombi – NRCS

Andy Paolucci – NRCS

Marie Raboin – Dane County LCD




  • December 9, 2021 – Agenda
  • Jan. 2022 Date TBD
  • Feb. 10, 2022
  • March 10, 2022
  • April 14, 2022
  • May 12, 2022
  • June 9, 2022
  • July 14, 2022
  • Aug. 11, 2022
  • Sept. 8, 2022
  • Oct. 13, 2022
  • Nov. 10, 2022
  • December 8, 2022
  • Subsequent meeting dates will be listed here as they are scheduled.
  • Due to Covid-19, meetings will initially be remote (online).  We expect to have in-person meetings as work progresses.

Meeting information will be published within the agenda one week prior to each meeting.


If you have questions regarding this standard, contact the SOC Program Manager, Kate Brunner, at or the Team Leader, Mike Stanek, at

Custodian: NRCS

Goal:  This team will revise the NRCS Conservation Practice Standard (CPS) related to conservation crop rotation.  The team will determine the general criteria and any additional criteria and considerations necessary to achieve the practice purposes defined by NRCS.  The team will develop a technical guidance document(s) based upon current cropping systems, trends, and conservation benefits. The team will use current erosion modeling tools such as RUSLE2 and/or WEPS to evaluate crop rotations, tillage methods, residue management strategies, soil health benefits and potential nutrient loss reductions.

Team work will follow the Full Process detailed in the SOC Technical Standards Process Handbook.  Team members will brainstorm, troubleshoot, research, evaluate and question all aspects of what a conservation crop rotation is, or should be, designed to do.   The team will examine existing research, consider new technologies, propose criteria, and consider input from expert and public review.

Anticipated Initial Review:  Mid 2022

Anticipated Broad Review: Late 2022

Anticipated Publication Date:  Late 2022

Work Team Status:  Team meetings are expected to begin in November 2021 and will be held approximately monthly until the draft standard is completed.  Details on meetings, including agendas and notes, will be available in the left sidebar as the work develops.

Team Resources

  • CPS 328 Conservation Crop Rotation dated September 2015.
    Note: Current WI CPSs are available in the NRCS Field Office Technical GuideSelect Wisconsin, then go to Section IV > Conservation Practices > select individual standards from the alphabetical list > Practice Standard or other support documents.
  • Associated standards such as CPS 329 Residue and Tillage Management, No Till, and CPS 345 Residue and Tillage Management, Reduced Till.
  • Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation 2 (RUSLE2) and basic sheet and rill erosion concepts.
  • Team will incorporate current soil health concepts and strategies to measure and improve soil health.