The right to remove crop residue, an important source of soil nutrients and protection against erosion and runoff, has become an increasingly contentious issue.  Rights regarding crop residue have traditionally been governed through the common law established by the courts.  Iowa, is an exception to this rule, adopting a statute in 2010 granting tenants the right to remove residue, unless there is a written agreement to the contrary.

While there are some variations in how states deal with the removal of crop residuen, in short, any landlord, in any state, wishing to ensure  crop residue remains on the property should consider a provision specifically limiting the removal of residue.