That’s one reason the Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District recently purchased a brand new no-till seed drill, which allows farmers to plant seeds without disturbing the soil.
“These things in other counties have taken off,” said Matthew Wood, conservation specialist for the district. “So that’s why we decided to get one.”
Wood said such drills are typically used to overseed hayfields and pasture land. This particular model, called the Haybuster 107C, is 10 feet six inches wide and requires at least a 50-horsepower tractor.
“It’s brand new and ready for their fields,” Wood said. “It can do anything from alfalfa all the way up to fescue and soybeans.”
The drill is available for rent to any Scott County resident as well as to those who live in surrounding counties, including Sullivan. The machine must be reserved in advance.
The rental fee is determined by the number of acres in the farm, Wood said. For more information about pricing or to reserve the drill, call (276) 885-3118.
Renters are responsible for picking up the drill at 369 Gateway Plaza, Suite 101, in Gate City. They will also need to drop it off at the same location.
Wood said he believes the drill will be a useful resource for local farmers to have at their fingertips.
“We push soil conservation and soil tests, and then if there are no tools to implement those practices, it gets pretty frustrating to the farmers,” Wood said. “So having this tool here (and) the availability of it is the biggest (benefit) that we see.”