No-Till Drill

Spring is on the way, though it may not look like it quite yet, and it is time to start thinking about interseeding thin pastures and hayland that will be converted to manage pasture. Interseeding can be a very effective way to increase dry-matter tonnage and reestablish legumes. Below, you can find information on no-till drills available for rent within the Golden Sands RC&D coverage area:

Adams County

Wisconsin Rapids DNR Field Office
c/o Brian Stefanski
473 Griffith Avenue
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
(715) 421-7831

Tye 2007 Pasture Pleaser
  • Needs 50–75hp tractor to pull it depending on soil conditions.
  • The tractor needs one unused pair of remote hydraulic connections.
  • 3 seed boxes for different sizes of seed. Seeding rates will be adjusted as close as possible to renters needs .
  • A book will be provided for the renter to make necessary adjustments for what they are planting.
  • Planting Width – 6.5 feet, 12 row, 7 inch spacing.
  • Both units rent out at $15/acre with a minimum rental of $50.
  • Rented on a “First come, First serve” basis.
  • A check for seeder rental needs to be written out to the WI Department of Natural Resources when the unit arrives.
  • The units are stored in the Wisconsin Rapids area; delivery may be arranged depending on staff availability. It is preferred the renter picks up themselves.
  • Both can be pulled with a pickup to most job sites.
  • May only be used for pastures or native grass planting. Not for food plot use.
Green Lake County

Berlin DNR Field Office
c/o Jim Holzwart
122 Pearl St.
Berlin WI, 54923
(920) 361-3149

No-till Drill
  • $10/acre, minimum 5 acres.
  • May only be used for pastures or native grass planting. Not for food plot use.
Juneau County

If you know of one for rent in this area, please let us know! You may try the Wisconsin Rapids DNR Field Office, or Portland Implement in Cashton (608-654-5575).

Marathon County

Bill Kolodziej
715-261-6038
william.kolodziej@co.marathon.wi.us

All three units below rent out at $6/acre PLUS a $50 flat fee.

Truax Drill, 8' Wide

  • Works great for interseeding clovers and small seeded grasses into existing pastures that are not really dense or have been set back with Roundup or very hard grazing. 
Aitchison Drill, 8' Wide
  • The Aitchison is a no-till drill made specifically for interseeding and complete renovation of pastures. 
  • It can handle a complete seed mix in one hopper and does a very good job in most situations, except it does not go through large amounts of long residue very well. 
  • Just a warning, it will pull up some stones if they are near the surface.
Great Plains, 10' Wide
  • The Great Plains is a 10’ wide heavy drill that requires an 70hp tractor. 
  • It has two seed boxes; one for legumes and small grass seeds and one for grasses up to peas.
Marquette County

Berlin DNR Field Office
c/o Jim Holzwart
122 Pearl St.
Berlin WI, 54923
(920) 361-3149

No-till Drill
  • $10/acre, minimum 5 acres.
  • May only be used for pastures or native grass planting. Not for food plot use.
Monroe County

Portland Implement in Cashton has a variety of rentals (608-654-5575).

Outagamie County

Outagamie County has a lot of rental equipment to offer. Please go to their website for a complete listing!

Portage County

Depending on your farm's location, you have six options:

Wisconsin Rapids DNR Field Office
c/o Brian Stefanski
473 Griffith Avenue
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
(715) 421-7831

Tye 2007 Pasture Pleaser

  • Needs 50–75hp tractor to pull it depending on soil conditions.
  • The tractor needs one unused pair of remote hydraulic connections.
  • 3 seed boxes for different sizes of seed. Seeding rates will be adjusted as close as possible to renters needs. 
  • A book will be provided for the renter to make necessary adjustments for what they are planting.
  • Planting Width – 6.5 feet, 12 row, 7 inch spacing.
  • There are two available. Both units rent out at $15/acre with a minimum rental of $50.
  • Rented on a “First come, First serve” basis.
  • A check for seeder rental needs to be written out to the WI Department of Natural Resources when the unit arrives.
  • The units are stored in the Wisconsin Rapids area; delivery may be arranged depending on staff availability. It is preferred the renter picks up themselves.
  • Both can be pulled with a pickup to most job sites.
  • May only be used for pastures or native grass planting. Not for food plot use.
Central Wisconsin Windshed Partnership
Hancock Research Station
c/o Shannon Rhode
N3909 Cty Rd V, Hancock, WI 54943
(888) 249-5424

No-till Drill

Greg Peterson (Waupaca County LWCD)
811 Harding Street
Waupaca, WI 54981
715-258-6245

Great Plains 605NT
  • 6 ft. planting width.
  • Needs a 35+hp tractor with rear hydraulic hook-ups. 
  • 3 seed boxes for different sizes of seed.
  • 9 row, 7.5 inch spacing. 
  • Cost is $75.00 minimum fee plus $15.00 per acre. 
  • This includes delivery to the site and county personnel to help with setup and monitor planter performance. 
  • Rented on a “First come, First serve” basis. 
  • Rental is limited to prairie seeding (either through a government program or for private use), and for pasture seeding or renovation. 
  • Planter can be rented for use outside of Waupaca County, based on county personnel's determination of reasonable haul distance.
Haybuster 107 No-Till Drill
Randy and Ryan Peters
715-498-4988 (Randy)
715-498-4903 (Ryan)
  • $13/acre plus $2.50/mile delivery (one way)
John Deere 750 No-Till Drill
Matt Hintz (Owner)
920-728-1303
  • $300 down when they pick it up. 
Taylor County

Taylor County Land Conservation Dept.
925 Donald St.
Medford, WI 54451
(715) 748-1469

Great Plains
  • The Great Plains is a 10’ wide heavy drill that requires an 70hp tractor. 
  • It has two seed boxes; one for legumes and small grass seeds and one for grasses up to peas.
  • $6/acre PLUS a $60 flat fee. 
Waupaca County
See Portage County options.

Waushara County

Central Wisconsin Windshed Partnership
Hancock Research Station
c/o Shannon Rhode
N3909 Cty Rd V, Hancock, WI 54943
(888) 249-5424

No-till Drill

Wood County

Wisconsin Rapids DNR Field Office
c/o Brian Stefanski
473 Griffith Avenue
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
(715) 421-7831

Tye 2007 Pasture Pleaser 
  • Needs 50–75hp tractor to pull it depending on soil conditions.
  • The tractor needs one unused pair of remote hydraulic connections.
  • 3 seed boxes for different sizes of seed. Seeding rates will be adjusted as close as possible to renters needs .
  • A book will be provided for the renter to make necessary adjustments for what they are planting.
  • Planting Width – 6.5 feet, 12 row, 7 inch spacing.
  • Both units rent out at $15/acre with a minimum rental of $50.
  • Rented on a “First come, First serve” basis.
  • A check for seeder rental needs to be written out to the WI Department of Natural Resources when the unit arrives.
  • The units are stored in the Wisconsin Rapids area; delivery may be arranged depending on staff availability. It is preferred the renter picks up themselves.
  • Both can be pulled with a pickup to most job sites.
  • May only be used for pastures or native grass planting. Not for food plot use.




General Interseeding Recommendations

  • Soil-test your pastures and bring them up to recommended nutrient and PH levels.
  • Select forage varieties that are palatable, adapted to grazing, suited to your soil type and persist well in your area.
  • A good goal is to maintain at least 30% legume in the pasture sward.
  • Calibrate the drill to ensure proper seeding rate. Check the depth of seed placement regularly during operation. Seed should not be deeper than 3/4-inch and soil firmed over the seed.
The following are some suggested minimum interseeding rates (lbs. of pure live seed/acre):

 Seeding          Rates    
 Red Clover      6-8#
 Ladino Clover 2-4#
 Perennial Ryegrass (not for well-drained soil) 5-10#
 Orchard Grass or Measow Fescue 5-10#

*Higher seeding rates may improve the stand development and increase forage densities.
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May 19, 2014, 11:20 AM
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