Many farmers till during the fall. Tilling destroys soil aggregates and makes the soil more prone to erosion. The Georgia Association of Conservation Districts (GACD) encourages farmers to improve soil health by utilizing the no-till method, and local conservation districts and their partners to help farmers try out a number of conservation practices by purchasing equipment and making it available to rent.
Conservation tillage is a way to plant crops without plowing or with minimum tilling of the soil. The no-till drill leaves the soil and crop residues undisturbed except for the area where the seed is placed in the ground.
Using the no-till method reduces soil loss, improves water quality, increases organic matter, reduces loss of nutrients, reduces energy consumption, reduces loss of soil moisture and improves physical and chemical properties of the soil.
Some districts offer no-till drills, PVC pond pipe systems and repair parts, as well as geotextile fabric for agricultural and road use. For a district-by-district list of what equipment is available, click here.
Meanwhile, the Ocmulgee River Conservation District is participating in the GACD Feral Swine District Initiative. Landowners located in Bibb, Crawford, Dooly, Houston, Macon, Peach, Pulaski, Taylor, and Wilcox counties are invited to participate in the District’s feral swine control services.
Feral swine have become increasingly detrimental in Georgia, causing significant damage to agricultural crops and natural resources throughout the state. The economic impact of damage caused by feral swine in Georgia is estimated at over $150 million. Feral swine are one of the greatest invasive species challenges facing Georgia.
Following an Initiative spearheaded by the Brier Creek Conservation District, conservation districts throughout Georgia are partnering with GACD to acquire feral swine control equipment and are contracting with local hog control custodians to eradicate feral swine within the district.
Due to the tremendous financial and informational assistance of GACD, the Ocmulgee River Conservation District has been able to purchase a Pig Brig feral hog trapping system. Through this program, they hope to be part of controlling and eradicating these hogs.
If you are interested in hog control services, please contact the district’s Hog Control Custodians, Ryan Talton (706-897-0087; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lane Spence (478-808-6362).