No-till planting provides very effective erosion control and moisture conservation measures. With this form of conservation tillage, the planting equipment places the crop seeds directly into the soil through the residue of a previous crop without plowing or disking. This leaves most of the soil surface undisturbed by tillage and protected by the existing crop residue. The preexisting crop residue reduces runoff, thus preventing erosion and conserving water for crop uses. Crops can be produced while making soil improvements.
Gaston Natural Resources is proud to offer citizens of Gaston County the use of a No-Till Drill for a small fee.
This No-Till Drill, awarded to the District by the North Carolina Foundation of Soil and Water Conservation and the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund, promises to be a key component in greater crop production for Gaston County agricultural producers.
No-Till planting is beneficial in the following ways:
- Increased organics in the soil
- Increased moisture retention in the soil
- Reduced sheet erosion
- High plant yields
- Increased carbon sequestration
- Decreased seed usage
For most agricultural producers, No-till drilling offers an alternative to traditional tillage that can produce better crop yields, even in times of drought.
If you are interested in renting Gaston Soil & Water Conservation Districts No-till Drill, please contact Natural Resources Conservationist, Mike Kenley, for complete information and operational instruction.