What can I use the No-Till Drill for?
The Truax FLEXII-812 no-till drill may be used for a variety of applications
- Cover crops
- Benefits of cover crops include: nitrogen fixing, weed reduction, increased organic matter, decreased erosion, increased soil moisture, livestock forage. Learn more and find cover crop seed HERE
- Grass seed
- Pasture/hayland renovation
- Food plots
- Grain crops
- Addressing problem areas in a field seeding restoration sites (e.g. stream bank restoration)
What are the benefits of using a no-till drill?
There are many benefits to using a no-till drill
- Reduce soil and wind erosion and excessive sediment in surface waters
- Maintain or increase soil health and organic matter
- Increase plant-available moisture
- Provide food and escape cover for wildlife
- Video of No-Till Benefits
How much does it cost to rent the drill?
The rental rates for the no-till drill vary depending on the number of acres and participation in voluntary programs. Interested landowners can receive a rental discount by signing up for voluntary, beneficial programs including the WDFW Private Lands Access Programs and the Grays Harbor County Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP).
The breakdown of the cost is below:
Less than 50 Acres
More than 50 Acres
No Participation in Programs
VSP or WDFW Program Participation
Please note that a $150 security deposit via check or credit card is required at the time of pick-up. The deposit will be returned to the renter or credited toward the rental fee if loss or damages do not occur.
About the Voluntary Stewardship Program
The Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) is a nonregulatory, alternative approach under the Growth Management Act for protecting critical areas on agricultural lands and enhancing agricultural viability. Landowners who participate in the VSP are eligible for a discounted rental rate. The VSP is implemented by the Grays Harbor Conservation District and Grays Harbor County, and is directed by a volunteer work group made up of local agricultural producers and stakeholders.
To participate in VSP and receive a rental discount, take this survey.
About Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Private Lands Access Programs
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Private Lands Access Program serves to promote hunting opportunities and habitat enhancement on private land throughout the state. Currently four types of access programs provide private land hunting opportunities for landowners to participate in. Feel Free to Hunt (FFTH), Register to Hunt (RTH), Hunt by Reservation (HBR), and Hunt by Written Permission (HBWP). Landowners who participate in a Private Lands Access Program are eligible for a discounted rental rate. Visit this website for more information.
What do I need to know before using the drill?
The planting width of the drill is 8 feet with a total width of 11 feet. The minimum tractor size needed is 40 horsepower with hydraulic ports.
Please note the following:
- DO NOT put fertilizer through the drill
- Raise the drill when turning; do not make sharp turns
- DO NOT exceed 5 MPH when planting
- DO NOT use water to spray out seed boxes, as this may cause mold and clogs; use a vacuum or air hose instead
- DO NOT spray bearings or hubs that contain bearings
Where do I pick it up?
The No-Till Drill is currently housed at the Elma Feed & Farm Supply store located at 424 N 2nd St, Elma, WA 98541. You can reserve the drill by calling (360) 482-3242.
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