Soil and Water


2014 SWCD Annual Report…Read here 2014 Annual Report

 SWCD Newsletters…January 2015 Winter Edition

October 2014 Fall Edition            

July 2014 Summer Edition 

April 2014 Spring Edition                           

The next  Stanly SWCD Regular Board Meeting  is scheduled for June 10, 2015 at 7:00 am at the Stanly County Agri Civic Center. Meetings are open to the public.

Dig It!  The Secrets of Soil …                                            Coming to North Carolina !!!!

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences May 16 – August 16, 2015

This is the ONLY opportunity we will have to view this one-of-a-kind exhibit in NC.  Dig It! Video

“DIG IT” Smithsonian Exhibit

Sponsorship Opportunities

Now taking applications for 2015 Resource Conservation Workshop

Applications will be taken until April 22, 2015 for the Resource Conservation Workshop to be held June 21-26, 2015 at NC State University. Read more details here…RCW Letter and on the NC Dept. of Agriculture website…

The state’s soil testing lab has issued an update:

Turnaround time for the soil testing lab is currently posted as 1 to 2 weeks for routine (predictive) samples; from the time samples are received, growers should expect reports in about 5 to 7 working days. Turnaround time for problem (diagnostic) samples is 3-5 days from the time samples are received.  It is important to remember that a $4 per sample peak-season fee is in effect through March 31. April 1 is the first day when no fee is charged for soil testing.

Peak Season Soil Fee

New Soil Sample Result Procedure 

The NCDA&CS published a press release on June 6, 2014 urging users to submit soil sample information online. Read more here… Online Soil Sample Results

Drill from Nathan

No-Till Drill Available For Rent

The practice of turning the soil before planting a new crop leads to soil erosion and farmland degradation. No-till planting reduces  erosion and promotes soil health. Stanly SWCD’s Truax 88 No-Till-Drill is designed with three seed boxes that allow for planting regular grass seed, fluffy seeds and clovers. It’s perfect for seeding and reseeding fields and pastures. The District rents the drill for  $10 per acre in Stanly County and $12 per acre for out of county use. There is a $50 minimum charge in county.   Call the SWCD office at 704-986-3059 for more information.


The Fork Farm & Stables,  Stanly SWCD Conservation Farm Family 2014, took first place in both the Area and Regional competitions. Congratulations!   Fork Farm sign

Curtis Furr


          Big Bear Creek Farms, Inc.     

                    2014 No-Till Corn Yield Winner                                          

                                   242.12 bushels/acre                                                           

The variety was Pioneer 1105 YHR. The yield check was done off of a national plot which is a 10 acre field with 1.25 acres harvested. The national plot is more than just a one acre plot which is the standard on a state plot. This award is given by the NC Corn Producers Association.