ESC is now the proud owner of a Truax No-Till Seed Drill, and we are ready to assist you with your prairie restoration seeding projects. The Truax model FLXII 86-U has three seed boxes designed to accommodate the variability in native grass and forb species:
- small seed such as switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)
- fluffy seed such as little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) or chaffy wild-harvested seed. This box has a picker wheel to facilitate seed dispersal.
- grain box suited for seed like eastern gamma grass (Tripsacum dactyloides) or processed native seed.
Seed is deposited in 1/4″ furrows and then firmed into the soil by press wheels to ensure good seed-to-soil contact. “No-till” means that interseeding takes place in existing standing fields without needing to disturb the soil with mechanical or chemical treatments. This method is ideal for beginning the process of converting fields dominated by invasive KR or other old-world bluestems to native grasslands. Please contact us to learn more about our new prairie restoration tool!