Renville County SWCD has a no-till drill that we rent out. Benefits of using a no-till drill are:
Reducing fuel, labor, and equipment costs are the biggest benefits of not doing any tillage. The price of diesel alone is something to consider. That’s also fewer hours on a tractor meaning more value at trade-in time, and less wear and tear on tillage tools.
Improved soil structure is another big benefit. Tillage disrupts the natural structure of soil and disperses some of the carbon that it needs into the air. No Till means you are keeping more of the nutrients your soil desperately needs right where it belongs
Erosion can be reduced by leaving more residue on the surface in the months when there are no crops growing. Allowing the rain or melting snow to not run off, but instead work its way down into your soil bringing beneficial nutrients into it.
Minimizing the compaction of your soil. Soil gets compacted any time equipment drives over the surface. This means the air and water pockets present in soil that allow for the movement of water, crop roots, and soil organisms get squeezed out by the weight of the equipment. Since no-till reduces the amount of equipment used, the threat of compaction is reduced.
If you have any other questions or are interested in renting the drill, please give the office a call and see the current Rental Agreement below.