In August 2014, the Conservation District purchased a 10-foot John Deere 1590 No-Till Drill with grant funds received through the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Chesapeake Bay Program, and began renting the drill out to interested farmers in Fulton County. The program has proven successful, and the drill was replaced in 2018 and again in 2021.

In September 2023, the Conservation District purchased a second drill a 12-foot Esch 5612 No-Till Drill with an 8′ 10″ transport width. The Esch has hydraulic controls that allow you to switch from transport to planting mode. For questions regarding the operation of the drill please see the attached manual or ask upon delivery.

          

The purpose of this rental program is to encourage and assist farmers with implementing a no-till crop production system including cover crops.  The District provides an affordable, well-maintained no-till drill for rent, as well as service and technical assistance to farmers wanting to use the equipment or give no-till a try.

The drills are available on a first-call, first-served basis and are delivered to you.  The cost to rent the drill is $25 per day plus $13 per acre planted.  The rental agreement and drill manual(s) are linked below.  Contact our Ag Program Assistant, Isaac Strait, for availability and scheduling at 717-325-6087.

 

Agreement 

No-Till Drill Rental Agreement

No-Till Drill Manual(s)

John Deere 1590 Manual

Esch 5612 Manual