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No-Till Farming

 

No-till involves planting the seed directly into the soil without plowing, tilling or disking. There are many good things that happen with this type of farming. It saves the farmer time and fuel costs by not having to make so many passes across the field. It is also much healthier for the soil. Plowing breaks up the soil structure and get rid of small air pockets, worm holes, and makes the soil easier to compact. Plowing mixes oxygen into the soil and then bacteria quickly break down the good organic matter (old roots and fungus, dead bugs, dead microbes). Organic material is important for holding water and nutrients for plant growth.

Planting cover crops is an important step in successful no-till farming. The roots loosen the soil, add organic matter, and the leftover plant material helps with controlling weeds during the growing season. There is less soil erosion in no-till fields which helps reduce sediment and phosphorus pollution. No-till farming uses more herbicides for weed control and killing cover crops, but if these chemicals are used correctly, the risk of higher chemical use is outweighed by the many benefits of no-till. Transitioning to no-till farming can have its challenges and the Conservation District can help with that process. There is a huge network of other professionals, university staff, and industry people that can also help. The Pennsylvania No-Till Alliance is a farmer-to-farmer group that can give advice and guidance to farmers wishing to covert to no-till planting.


No-Till Drill Rental Program

The Clinton County Conservation District has available for rent a 7' Sukup no-till drill. It is a 12-row unit with approximately 7" row spacing. It has two hoppers for planting both small and large size seed. It has a Honda motor with a self-contained hydraulic system.

Current rental rates are:

$10 per acre (if used to plant less than 10 acres)
$8 per acre (if used to plant more than 10 acres)
$1.20 per mile delivery charge

If you need more information or are interested in scheduling the drill please call the Conservation District at 570.726.3798

No-till drill rental agreement

 



InterSeeder Rental Program

The Clinton County Conservation District has available for rent an InterSeeder. This machine can either be used as a 10’ no-till drill or it can establish cover crops into standing corn, soybeans, or sunflowers. It interseeds four 30” rows at a time. For more specifics and information about the equipment click here.

Current rental rates are:

$10 per acre (if used to plant less than 10 acres)
$8 per acre (if used to plant more than 10 acres)
$1.20 per mile delivery charge