County residents can rent grain drill to help with seed planting

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Posted 4/22/21

The Baldwin County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), in partnership with the Gulf Coast Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council, has added a Great Plains 1006 NT No-Till Drill …

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County residents can rent grain drill to help with seed planting

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The Baldwin County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), in partnership with the Gulf Coast Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council, has added a Great Plains 1006 NT No-Till Drill to its conservation tillage program. The drill is available for rent to residents of Baldwin County.

The Great Plains 1006 no-till seed drill is 10′ wide and plants at 7.5-inch row spacing. It has both a large and small seed box to accommodate a wide variety of species. The no-till drill is ideal for cover crops, forage/pasture plantings, wildlife and pollinator plantings, and inter-seeding.

The SWCD began its conservation tillage program in 2015 with the purchase of a John Deere 1590 drill. The no-till drill is favored over other conventional planting methods because it disturbs less soil.

“The use of these drills significantly reduces soil erosion, thus resulting in a reduction of sediment, pesticides and nutrients reaching nearby streams,” said Baldwin County SWCD Chairman Randall Hastings. “To date, our conservation tillage program has resulted in the reduction of erosion by over 18,000 tons per year for our Baldwin County watersheds.”

Both drills can be rented for $5 per acre (10-acre minimum) plus a $150 delivery fee. They have a three-day maximum rental. The Great Plains 1006NT requires approximately a 70 HP tractor with hydraulics; the John Deere 1590 requires approximately a 100 HP tractor with hydraulics.

For more information, please call the SWCD at 251-937-3297 Ext. 3.