Parker County SWCD #558
817-594-4672
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Parker County Soil and Water Conservation District #558

CONSERVATION - DEVELOPMENT - SELF GOVERNMENT

604 North Main, Suite 100
Weatherford, TX 76086

Phone: 817 594-4672

Email: 
parkercounty@swcd.texas.gov
Range Plants of North Texas
        By: Ricky J. Linex
Exciting News!

    The District is giving away a wonderful book titled “Range Plants of North Central Texas – A Land User’s Guide to Their Identification, Value and Management” written by Ricky J. Linex, as a thank you to those who donate $25 or more to the Parker County SWCD in support of the District’s conservation efforts.  

    Easy to use and beautifully written, the guide is full of colorful pictures of plants and their seeds. This is a great resource for anyone who would like to identify plants growing on their property. 

                      Rain Barrels​


    All year round, we offer rain barrels for water harvesting, made from food grade recycled containers. Once ordered they are delivered to your door! 

    Rain barrels with various attachments are available all year long, but now is the time to start storing water for your gardening needs next summer. 

    And the good news just keeps coming – RAIN WATER HARVESTING EQUIPMENT AND RAIN BARRELS ARE TAX EXEMPT

    Contact us for more information!




     Our board meetings are on the First Thursday of every month. 

Call us for further information!


HELPFUL LINKS: 

Texas A&M Forest Service Information and Articles

http://texasforestinfo.tamu.edu/

Can my tree be saved after the storm?

http://tfsweb.tamu.edu?afterthestorm/canmytreebesaved/


​Find an ISA Certified Arborist at:

​www.isatexas.com


Texas Parks and Wildlife   

News Releases

http://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/releases/?req=20150423b



 Annual Sale:

   Between mid September until mid March we offer wildflower seeds for those interested in low maintenance, but beautiful ground cover. 









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     Bluebonnet seeds are sold in 1 lb. bags for $33.  Wildflower seed mixes are are also sold in 1 lb. bags for $25.  
        This is before sales tax!

     Planting is generally September through November, weather permitting. Contact us for more information.


   First Week of October until mid February we offer low cost tree seedlings to landowners. Primarily for privacy screens and windbreaks.












    Containerized seedlings may be ordered individually. We usually have extras on delivery day. Call us for more information. 

Conservation News!

News from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board.

http://www.tsswcb.texas.gov/news
Planting will be a breeze with Our District’s Brillion Grass Seed Drill or Turbo Spreader Seeder!
                                                        BRILLION GRASS SEED DRILL INFORMATION

1)Payment is required in advance.  Rental rate:  $6 per acre / minimum charge $75 (you can expect to plant about 20 – 30 acres per day). There is a $75 delivery/pickup fee. 

2)​ Seeder may be rented for out of Parker County use at $7 per acre / minimum charge $100 at the District’s discretion.

3)The grass seed drill is 8 feet wide, 10 feet with side wheels for highway travel. If you are transporting the seeder - BE SURE TRANSPORT PINS FOR WHEELS ARE IN PLACE

4)The drill requires a tractor equipped with hydraulics and should be pulled at about 3 miles per hour or less, for planting, seeder should never be pulled faster than 4 MPH. It has a 3-point hitch.

5)​     The grass seed drill should only be used on a clean, firm seedbed free of stumps and rocks of any size. If the seedbed is too wet or crusty, the grass seed rollers will “ball up”.  Through years of planting it has been found that a seedbed can never be too firm. In fact, the firmer the seedbed the better the stand. Some people will firm the seedbed by rolling it before planting the seed. Others will plant the seed then roll the seedbed. Both ways work in establishing a crop. Turner Seed recommends rolling the seedbed before planting, and rolling before and after is better.

6)THE DISTRICT MAY NOT ALLOW USE OF THIS SEEDER DUE TO POOR FIELD CONDITIONS.

7)Suggestions: To find the amount of seed to plant for one acre – take the total bulk pounds of seed and divide by the total acres. Example: (150) bulk pounds divided by (50) acres = (3) bulk pounds per acre. This would be your planting rate per acre.
(A square acre contains 43,560 feet or about 70 square yards.) Always order 20% more seed than required to compensate for calibration errors. Various types of seed sold can cause variances in settings and seed amounts. There are no sure settings for a grass seed drill unless everything is perfect with the seed, and this doesn’t happen often. To learn this machine you must, and it cannot be emphasized enough, go to the field and set the machine and walk behind the seeder, look and adjust until you feel good about the planting.

8)For “slick seed”, use front boxes. Most of this type of seed is planted at rates that will require from 3 to 5 pounds of seed per acre to be planted. Try planting a small area first. See manual for suggested settings.  ** When planting less than 3 pounds of seed, be prepared to adjust the opening.

9)​     For “fluffy seed” or “fuzzy seed”, use rear boxes When planting fuzzy seed, scalped seed is a must.  Most of these types of seed are planted at 4 to 5 pounds of seed per acre. You may need to close the setting if the seed is real clean. Remember that hairy seed with awns are almost prohibited from feeding unless you screen and clean. Do not fill box until you see if it will feed good, instead, put enough seed in the box to barely cover the agitator and make a round or three to see how it feeds. The wide open setting is almost always required. Brushes are installed in the rear box to facilitate feeding the seed through the system.

10)Both boxes can be used at once, planting cool and warm season, grasses and legumes, annuals and perennials.

11)One full growing season should pass before grazing. This helps the stand to establish a root system.  

12) ​    DO NOT PUT FERTILIZER IN SEED BOXES, NO EXCEPTIONS.

        TURBO SPREADER SEEDER INFORMATION

 For areas not suitable for seeding with the grass seed drill, the District also rents out a turbo Spreader Seeder.  The rental cost is a $50 deposit and $25 per day fee due at the time of rental (Day fee is for how long the spreader is kept).  

     A copy of the Operator’s Manual will be provided. The heavy duty spreader fits on the back of a tractor (a 3 point linkage) and distributes seed at a uniform rate in a 10 ft. strip.  3 Point hitch pins are NOT provided. Excellent for small acreages or for seeding hard to get to areas in small pastures, the Turbo Spreader is considered an ideal solution.  

     Absolutely no fertilizer used in spreader, and do not use if safety shield over driveline is missing!  Attach driveline safety chains correctly; flopping will throw them out or off. Read operator’s manual and Safety booklet before use.  
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Technical Assistance and Cost-Share Incentive Funding Available for                        Water Quality Management Plan Program

TEMPLE — The economic impact of the food and fiber sector in the state totals more than $100 billion annually. Texas leads the nation in cattle, cotton, hay, sheep, goats and mohair production. The continued success and sustainability of Texas agriculture comes from sound conservation practices. Since the 1930’s, generations of farmers and ranchers have implemented voluntary conservation practices on their land to protect the soil, water and other renewable resources.

The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) administers Texas’ soil and water conservation law and delivers natural resource conservation programs through the State’s 216 local soil and water conservation districts (SWCD) and regional offices. TSSWCB is the lead agency for planning, implementing, and managing programs and practices for abating agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint source pollution.

The TSSWCB also administers technical assistance and cost-share incentive funding programs for conservation land improvements. The role of TSSWCB is vital to the natural resources of Texas due to the fact that 95% of the land in Texas is privately owned. The agency assists with voluntary conservation practices to ensure the continued viability of natural resources.

TSSWCB has a Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP) Program that is delivered through the local SWCDs and assists farmers and ranchers in the development of a site-specific conservation plan. The plan includes appropriate best management practices to achieve a level of pollution prevention or abatement to be consistent with state water quality standards.

To obtain a WQMP visit your local SWCD to request planning assistance. The SWCD will then work with the TSSWCB Regional Office to provide technical input and develop a plan that best suits the landowner’s needs.

The process of developing a WQMP entails using science based knowledge and tools to help landowners select an appropriate combination of conservation practices to meet the individual’s management goals and objectives. An inventory of the soils, water, plants, animals and physical structures is also taken at this time to expand the depth of the plan.

Once the plan is complete and the landowner approves, the SWCD will formalize an agreement and then the implementation process can begin.

For more information contact your local soil and water conservation district. To locate your local soil and water conservation district visit:  http://www.tsswcb.texas.gov/en/swcds/locatormap


            Want to know about:

​          Technical Assistance 
                        and 
     Cost-Share Incentive Funding 
                        for 
     Water Quality Management 
               Plan Program? 

    Scroll down and read the article   
         published or contact us!


Click on the About Us Tab, located at the top of our website, 
      to see the District's Monthly Board Meeting Notice!  

    *Which will be updated soon for SEPTEMBER*

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                              ***NEW**  
                We have just updated our 
     Brillion Grass Seed Drill Rental information! 
                Scroll down to see what's new.


    Our Chairman (Melton Harms) has prepared an instructional video on the District's Brillion             Grass Seed Drill. Please visit our Facebook page to view this video, thank you!



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                                         IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! 

    ***We have started our Bluebonnet and Wildflower Seed Sale!***
                   Tree sale information will be mailed out this week!
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Tree information will be added to our website soon!