Rental Equipment

Haybuster Mulcher

haybuster mulcher
Rental Item Price:
Agriculture - $100/day + $50/acre(minimum 1 acre) | Commercial - $225/day + $50/acre(minimum 1 acre)
Rental Item Description:
Platte County Soil and Water Conservation District offers a big bale mulcher for urban and agricultural use. Agriculture use is $100 per day plus $50 per acre with a minimum of one acre. Commercial use rents at $225 per day plus $50 per acre with a minimum of one acre. The mulcher is scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Platte County landowners and operators can use the mulcher in adjoining counties, but it cannot be rented to non-Platte County landowners. Pre-payment, proof of insurance, a copy of your driver's license, and an agreement form will need to be taken care of at the Platte City office. The office will provide a receipt for the mulcher to be released for transportation where it can be picked up and returned in Weston, Mo. A minimum 65 horsepower tractor is recommended. All netting and string must be removed from the bales before they are used in the mulcher. The mulcher must be returned in the same condition as received including repair/replace damaged parts and/or tires, all string removed from mulcher, rotor, wheels, etc, and all mulching material cleaned off and out of mulcher. If these condidtions are not met, you will be charged a minimum of $25/hour for cleaning, repairs, etc. The renter/operator must be 18 years of age or older. The renter is the sole operator and is fully responsible for any damage to his/her equipment, people, etc which is/are damaged or hurt by the use and transportation of the mulcher.

Prescribed Burn Equipment

burn equipment
Rental Item Price:
No charge
Rental Item Description:
Burn equipment such as a drip torch, flapper, water back pack and rakes are available at our office to check-out on a first-come, first serve basis.

Root Plow

root plow
Rental Item Price:
$5/day
Rental Item Description:
Early spring is an excellent time to plow fence rows and tree lines for moisture and nutrient conservation.  This tool makes tree removal unnecessary to eliminate crop competition. Never operate the root plow until you know the locations of all buried hazards such as gas, electric, and water lines. A two to three foot deep furrow is the goal. Do not attempt the depth at one pass. Accomplish this depth in two or more operations. Excessive stress is likely to cause equipment damage. Plow two feet out from the tree's dripline and at least 15 feet from the main trunks. Hedgerows should be plowed every three to five years. The district's root plow requires a 70 h.p. tractor and can be rented at $5 per day.

Tree Spades

tree spades
Rental Item Price:
No charge
Rental Item Description:
Two tree seedling spades are available at our office to check-out on a first-come, first serve basis at no cost.

Truax Flex-II Native Grass Drill

truax native grass drill
Rental Item Price:
$8/acre($40 minimum)
Rental Item Description:
A Truax Flex-II native grass drill has been donated to the Platte SWCD by Quail Unlimited to plant only native warm season grasses and forbs or other plantings deemed beneficial to improve wildlife habitat on private land in Platte and other surrounding counties. It is not recommended for over 50 acres and cannot be used to plant brome and fescue pastures. Brome and fescue will only be allowable for smaller areas such as pond dams. The 5’ drill can be rented providing a valid driver license and proof of insurance prior to drill use. The rental fee will be $8.00 per acre with a $40 minimum. Checks need to be made payable to Platte SWCD or cash for the exact amount. It requires rear hydraulic hook-ups for use. For more information or to receive a copy of the rental agreement, contact the Platte SWCD or MDC, Private Land Conservationist, Randy Keeran at the USDA Service Center, 816-431-2101 ext. 3