Foster Creek Conservation District
Foster Creek Conservation District

Direct Seed

What is Direct Seeding?

Direct seeding refers to farming systems that fertilize and plant directly into undisturbed soil in one field operation, or two separate operations of fertilizing and planting. Only narrow strips of soil are disturbed by the equipment openers used to place fertilizer and seed in the soil without full width tillage. Much of the residue from the previous crop is retained on the soil surface. The reduced soil disturbance and retention of surface crop residues with direct seed systems provide improved environmental protection while maintaining or increasing soil productivity, and reducing production costs for farmers.


Source: Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association (PNDSA)

Cost-Benefit Analysis : 2016-2018
Summary of results from Foster Creek CD's Direct Seed program,
Phase I - 2016-2018
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Look for Direct Seed signs as you are driving around Douglas, Lincoln, Grant, and Okanogan Counties.  

Learn more about direct seeding in this brochure
Direct Seed Trifold.pdf
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For additional Direct Seed resources and research: PNDSA

For No-Till Farmer news, articles and podcasts:  No-Till Farmer

Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (WSU)  CSANR

Learn more about Gabe Brown and his approach:  Brown's Ranch, ND

WA Soil Health Committee information:  WASHC

US Department of Agriculture - Farming:  USDA

For information relating to Farmed Smart Audits:   Farmed Smart Audits  or contract FCCD staff, Elizabeth Jackson or Amanda Ward, Ph: 509-888-6372.

Direct seed, cover crops, and cows

Learn more about these topics from Leslie Michel's webinar found here!

The Benefits of Cover Crops during prolonged rain and flooding events
This two-page flyer designed by USDA-NRCS highlights the benefits of using cover crops including nitrogen fixation, weed control, erosion control, and applied nutrient capture.
Cover Crops and Prevented Planting_NRCS_[...]
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The Nitrogen Cycle

Nitrate in Groundwater: How to keep your drinking water and wells healthy
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