In an effort to promote conservation of our natural resources, the Shiawassee Conservation District has a no-till drill and grass planter available for rent.
No-till farming protects soil and water by minimizing disturbance of the ground before planting into residue left by the previous year’s crop. Tilling the soil has been compared to a tornado. Jim Hoorman, an assistant professor and Extension educator for Ohio State University, says
“Tillage to the soil is like a tornado taking the roof off your house. The storm destroys your house [soil structure] and it takes away your protection until you can get cover again. You have 50 percent air and water [pore space] and 50 percent mineral organic matter in an ideal soil, but those pore spaces collapse or are destroyed with tillage.”
Equipment Available for Rent
NEW – John Deere 1590 No-Till Drill
• 15′ planting width with grass seeder
• One control for hydraulic outlet
• Minimum of 80 horse tractor required
Truax Grass Seed No-Till Drill
• 5′ planting width
• Minimum 40 horse tractor required
• One set of hydraulic hoses required
Contact the Shiawassee Conservation District for more details.