The Buncombe SWCD has three pieces of agricultural equipment that is available to rent to local farmers. The Truax Flex II seed drill was given to the District by the N. C. Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation in 2008 and the Grass Works weed wiper and Shaver post driver were acquired through a grant from the TVA Agriculture and Forestry Funds, administered by WNC Communities. Prior to pickup of the weed wiper, seed drill, or post driver, proof of insurance on the towing vehicle, a valid North Carolina driver’s license, and the rental agreement must be provided to the Soil and Water Conservation District office at 49 Mount Carmel Road, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28806. All equipment must be reserved through the Buncombe SWCD office at 49 Mount Carmel Road, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28806.
Rental Farm Equipment:
Weed Wiper — The weed wiper can be used to control invasive weeds and small brushy growth in hay and pasture fields, resulting in better stands of grass and higher productivity. The wiper can be towed to the farm using a pickup or SUV then attached to a tractor or ATV for use in the field. Herbicides are pumped from the holding tank and applied using a rotating roller. This application method uses very little herbicide resulting in lower costs for weed control. The unit is 12 feet wide, which will result in fairly quick coverage of a field. Funded by: TVA Ag & Forestry Fund; NCDA & CS; WNC Communities.
Seed Drill — The seed drill was provided to the District, by the NC Foundation for Soil & Water Conservation through a Grant from The NC Tobacco Trust Fund, it has been used by many farms in the area to renovate pasture and hay land.
Post-Driver — The post driver can be used to improve existing fencing, expand pastures, and add cross fencing for rotations and will reduce labor costs and improve profitability. The post driver is capable of driving up to eight inch diameter posts and will have a pilot auger to use in adverse ground conditions. Must bring tractor to pick-up site to attach post driver for hauling. Funded by: TVA Ag & Forestry Fund; NCDA & CS; WNC Communities.