Specialty Equipment that we operate (not for rent).
Truax 5 ½ No-till Grass Drill
The truax grass drill is used for planting warm & cool season grasses, forbs, and cover crops. No-till grass seeding allows land managers to protect the soil structure, maintain organic matter, and reduce compaction, soil erosion, and storm water runoff. **10’ wide clearance. 5′ 1/2″ planting width.
- $80/hr plus travel
- Does not plant crops.
- Landowner is responsible for seed costs and obtaining seed. The district will assist in seed selection and recommendation.
- Due to the small size of the drill, this is meant for small acreages or smaller areas of large acreages.
Equipment for Windbreak and Tree Planting:
Tree Planter ($20 per day)
The tree planter is used in the installation of a windbreak. The tree planter cuts a trench perfect for planting seedling trees. The ground must be worked up for the tree planter to work.
Fabric Mulch Layer ($20 per day)
The fabric mulch layer is primarily used in the installation of a windbreak. Fabric mulch is used to control weeds and increase water efficiency. The fabric mulch layer assists in the laying of fabric mulch by covering the edges with soil. The ground must be worked up for the mulch layer to work.
Equipment for Soil Management:
Aerator 12′ Pasture ($20 per day)
Compacted soils limit water infiltration and a plant’s access to nutrients. An aerator adds pore space to the soil and loosens compaction without damaging soil structure. Reduced compaction will increase soil permeability and productivity without the use of fertilizers.
Chisel Plow 9’ (610 series John Deere) ($20 per day)
A chisel plow loosens and tills the soil without turning the soil. This prevents the formation of a soil crust which will increase productivity and water infiltration. Unlike traditional plows, the chisel plow leaves a groove on the surface allowing water to penetrate into the soil. A chisel plow is effective at breaking up compacted soils and hard pans.
Water Trailer ($10 per day)
Seed Broadcaster/Slinger ($20 per day)
Livestock Scale ($20 per day)
The riparian trailer is an educational river demonstration trailer showing the importance of vegetation in riparian areas and streambank erosion. District staff can be booked to demo the trailer at no cost or the trailer can be rented at no cost.