What is no-till driling?

No-till drilling has become an important conservation practice in farming.  No till planting provides effective erosion control and moisture conservation measures.  A no-till drill 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 pre-existing crop residue reduces runoff, thus preventing erosion and conserving water for crop uses.  Crops can be produced while making soil improvements.

No-Till planting is beneficial in the following ways:

  • Increased organic matter in the soil
  • Increased moisture retention in the soil
  • Reduced sheet erosion
  • High plant yields
  • Increased carbon sequestration
  • Decreased seed usage

For most agriculture producers, no-till drilling offers an alternative to traditional tillage that can produce better crop yields, even in times of drought.

The Pickens County Soil and Water Conservation District has two no-till drills that are available to rent that take at least a 50hp with hydraulic attachments. 

Please contact Amy Wilson at 864-901-6946 to reserve one.