No-Till Drills and Other Related Equipment
The Marion SWCD does not currently own or operate a no-till drill program. We strongly believe in soil health and erosion control practices and fully support the use of cover crops for conservation purposes. If you need a drill or other equipment we suggest contacting local equipment rental companies and dealers within Marion County and ask about programs they offer.
If you need further technical assistance or have additional questions on soil improvement or conservation, please contact us at (503) 391-9927.
A handful of soil is filled with thousands if not millions of life forms working together to create nutrients, aerate the soil, and turn nitrogen from the air into a form that roots can absorb.
Soil is a natural resource that is commonly overlooked because we see it everywhere, yet the kind of soil needed for food production is being lost rapidly across the country and the world.
Urban development and land use changes are removing productive agricultural land from the local soil base. Soil is the very reason conservation districts were created in the first place.
Contact Marion SWCD for technical assistance related to soil conservation and soil health. We can also provide you with a map of your soil resource or guide you through the Web Soil Survey where you can find useful information about the soils on your property or project site.
Web Soil Survey (WSS) provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. It is operated by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and provides access to the largest natural resource information system in the world.
A comprehensive Power Point presentation on soil ecology and science produced by OSU and Benton Soil and Water Conservation District.
A handbook on healthy soils published by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.
OSU Guide to Collecting Soil Samples
Soil Health Spanish Basics and Benefits