No-Till Drill The Clearfield County Conservation District now owns 2 Great Plains no-till drills that it leases to individuals in the county. Farmers as well as individuals planting wildlife food plots use these drills to plant small grains and forages. District landowners have planted many, many acres with the original drill over the years.
No-till planting saves time, fuel and soil. Research shows that no-till planting reduces carbon dioxide emissions from the soil, thereby storing or "sequestering" carbon by leaving organic matter in the soil and plant residue on the soil surface. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that may be contributing to climate change.
The no-till drill is becoming a valuable tool for cover crop establishment. The cover crop will minimize winter soil loss. Cover crops may be necessary to implement conservation plans or to enable manure use in the winter.
Both no-till drills are available to Clearfield County producers at the Clearfield County Conservation District office. The lease rate is $10.00 per acre. Please call Nick Hepfl at 765-2629 for details.