District Offers No-Till Drill Rental Program

The Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District purchased a 2016 Land Pride 606 No-Till Compact Drill. It is now available for rent to Yamhill County residents.


Weekday Rate (24-hour period):

$250/day – includes delivery/pick up to your property and brief orientation to the equipment

Weekend Rate (Friday afternoon – Monday morning):

$250/weekend – includes delivery/pick up to your property and brief orientation to the equipment

Interested in renting the drill? Contact Marie Vicksta, 503-376-7606 or email

Specifications for Land Pride 606NT Compact Drill

  • 40 HP minimum tractor size and requires one hydraulic circuit;
           60 HP recommended if using equipment on sloped ground
  • Pull type (no trailer required); maximum driving speed 20 mph
  • 9 rows at 7.5” spacing (67.5” total swath width)
  • Opener depth range is 0-3.5
  • Transport width: 8’10”, length 11’5”, height: 5’1”
  • Maximum weigh (empty): 2700 lbs., max. wt. full: 4600 lbs.
  • Acremeter to assist with seeding rate calculations

Alphabet Soup Volunteers – Pumpkin Pickin’ Partners

Farm Services Agency (FSA), National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Yamhill SWCD joined forces to pick and donate pumpkins and squash to the local Department of Human Services recipient families.  Farmer Johns of McMinnville donated pumpkins and May Brothers from Dayton donated squash. The volunteer crew picked and delivered the fall fair on Friday, October 6. Everyone had a great time knowing they were providing pumpkins for carving to children who may not have otherwise had the opportunity. The project was so successful and fun, the group has decided to make this a annual event.  Thank you for putting a smile on those little faces., as well as your own.

Photo: L-R Marie Vicksta (Yamhill SWCD),  Eileen Whitcomb with Michelle Schryver (FSA ) and Rachel Russell with Sergio Villaseñor (NRCS).

Free Pesticide Event in Mount Angel


Join Marion Soil & Water Conservation District at Valley Agronomics in Mt. Angel on November 18 to safely dispose of old and unwanted pesticides.


You can also recycle clean, dirt and residue free, triple-rinsed plastic containers for FREE! For triple-rinse procedures, see the Ag Container Recycling Council (ARC) website at and select the link for Container Rinsing. You do not need to register to drop off containers.

Click here for location and details.

Click here for the registration form to drop off pesticides.

How to Identify Conifers in NW Oregon


Join the Cheahmill Chapter of the Native Plant Society for a FREE program on identifying conifers in NW Oregon. Oregon Master Naturalist, Ken Denniston, will be using samples and photographs to identify each of the 18 conifers native to northwest Oregon. Using a unique, staged approach to the topic, the presentation will include simple ways to easily distinguish each conifer as well as some tricks to help everyone remember the differences. For more information on the topic, visit Ken’s website at

Thank You Linfield College Students

A huge thank you to Linfield College for volunteering at Miller Woods for their Freshman Orientation Community Service Day.

The 21 hours of service the group contributed allowed us to clear a quarter mile of new trail. They worked hard and left tired and extremely dusty.

We are so grateful!!

And thank you to volunteer James Riedman for leading the group!

Free Cover Crop Tour at Carlton Plants

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 | 8 AM – 11 AM

Dayton, OR

Join Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District at Carlton Plants for a personal tour by Allan Elliott, Carlton Plants Manager.  He will share their Cover Crop Program including:

· Rotation Scheduling

· Termination & Seed Harvesting

· Making Cover Cropping Work for your Operation

The group will caravan to three fields and spend approximately 30 – 45 minutes at each location.  The locations are within a 2-mile radius of the Carlton Plants office,  located at 14301 SE Wallace Rd in Dayton, OR.

Attendees are asked to register by August 7th. Call Yamhill SWCD at 503-472-6403 or email

The group will meet for coffee and donuts in the cafeteria before heading out.  Signs will be posted.

District Breaks Ground for Future Restroom Project

The district was pleased to complete an important first step for the future restroom project at Miller Woods – installation of a new septic system.  Local contributions, donations, and district resources financed the project which was installed by Precision Excavating, Inc., a local contractor.  The next step is to finalize plans for the restroom building and facilities, and seek support for future construction.

Permanent restrooms are needed at Miller Woods to accommodate property visitors, volunteer groups, schools, and others who frequent Miller Woods for educational events such as Earth Day.  If funding can be secured, the district hopes to complete the project in the next 12 months.  If you are interested in supporting Miller Woods and the construction of new restroom facilities, please contact the district at (503) 472 – 6403. Thank you for your support!

Thank You Jackson Family Wines Volunteers

We would like to sincerely thank the volunteers of Jackson Family Wines for donating their time at Miller Woods. The team came ready to work and were able to perform needed maintenance on a mile of trail, painted the inside and outside of the KT Corral building (pictured left) and stained the outside of the conference center.

Their volunteer crews have dedicated hours and hours at Miller Woods and we can’t thank them enough for their generosity to our community!

Visit to learn more about this amazing company.

OACD Elects Pat FitzGerald President

District director, Pat FitzGerald, has been elected to serve as president of the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts (OACD). The OACD  is a private, non-profit 501(c)(6) statewide membership organization that represents, supports and strengthens Oregon’s 45 Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Pat has been serving as a director for OACD since 2013 and recently fulfilled the role of vice-president. His experience with this organization and his role of director for Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation provides the needed qualifications to successfully lead OACD this coming year and we wish Pat well in his new endeavor.

For more information regarding OACD, visit

Summer Cover Crop Field Day

Wednesday,  July 26, 2017

9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us for a field day at the Corvallis Plant Materials Center.  The topics to be covered include:

· Adding Diversity to your crop rotation

· Legumes for providing nitrogen to your next crop

· Quick-growing covers to smother weeds

· Flowers to attract bees and beneficial insects

· Growing cover crops without irrigation and more!

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