RCCD is pleased to announce the beginning of the Great Bay Nutrient Management Initiative in partnership with the Strafford County Conservation District. This initiative currently encompasses specialty farm equipment rentals to promote and facilitate local volunteer approaches to reducing nutrient runoff into Great Bay.
Through a low cost rental program, RCCD can help give farmers the ability to manage their soil in ways which will improve soil quality and reduce nutrient runoff.
Yeoman’s Plow: With funding from the State Conservation Committee and the sale of Conservation Moose Plates, RCCD and the Strafford County Conservation District completed a custom built Yeoman’s Plow to tackle deep subsoil compaction with minimal impact on soil structure. The plow can be used for a technique called Keyline farming, where furrows along contours are created to manage runoff on farmland slopes. This will reduce erosion from rain water.
Stoltzfus 4-Ton Lime/ Woodash Spreader:
This piece of equipment was purchased with funding from the sale of Conservation License Plate (Moose Plate) through the NH State Conservation Committee Grant Program. To combat the growing challenges created by New Hampshire’s acidic soils, this piece of equipment will be available for rent to spread natural pH raisers, woodash or lime. Soils that are less acidic or soils with a pH closer to neutral are better environments for legumes and other nitrogen fixing plants. Raising pH is a efficient way to increase nitrogen content in the soil without overloading the soil with fertilizers. It is also the bet way to recycle woodash generated bu biomass energy facilities, such as the one at the Rockingham County Complex.
Also for rent, an AerWay Soil Aerator was purchased with funding from the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts Innovative Demonstration Projects in partnership with the Natural Resource Conservation Service. Compacted soils effect soil health in a variety of ways including limiting normal water infiltration, and limiting plant root access to nutrients. The aerator will add pores to the soil and loosen compaction without damaging soil structure as often happens with tilling practices. With less compaction, farmers can see an increase in soil permeability and productivity without using fertilizers, therefore reducing polluted runoff into Great Bay.
$20/ day + $0.50/acre View the Aerator Rental Agreement
Great Plains 606NT No-Till Seeder
No-till practices allow farmers to manage land in ways that reduce stormwater runoff and prevent soil erosion, which protects our surface waters. This piece of equipment was purchased with funding from the sale of Conservation License Plate (Moose Plate) through the NH State Conservation Committee Grant Program.
$30 /day + $12/acre
View the No-Till Seeder Rental Agreement