No-Till Grain Drill Rental
In order to promote increased use of conservation tillage as a method of protecting both soil and water quality, the Harnett SWCD has two no-till drills that are available for rent to farmers and landowners within Harnett County.
Be sure to call in advance to make your reservation. Both machines stay busy during the peak of both fall and spring planting seasons.
No-till planting involves planting into a seedbed that has not been plowed or that was previously planted with a cover crop with the plant residue remaining. By using the no-till method, only a small portion of the seedbed is disturbed. This reduces the liklihood that erosion will occur and conserves moisure in the seedbed. The use of no-till planting only requires one trip accross the field, which can lead to savings in fuel costs and reduced soil compaction.
Additional conservation tillage benefits include:
Reduced soil loss
Reduced loss of valuable soil nutrients
Improves water quality
Increases soil organic matter
Increases soil moisture
Improves physical and chemical properties of the soil.
Great Plains 706NT Drill Details
Planting Width - 7 feet
Total Width - 9 feed 10 inches
Row Spacing - 7.5 inches
Number of Openers - 10
Planting Depth Range - 0 to 3.5 inches
Empty Weight - 3,900 pounds
Length - 13 feet 10 inches
Height - 7 feet
Grain Box Capacity - 1 bushel
Grass Seed Box Capcity - 2.5 bushels