The equipment listed below is available by the DCCD to loan out to any interested parties. For more information about loaning our equipment please call or email the District Manager at 785-843-4260, ext. 6497 or e-mail email@example.com
Prescribed Burn Equipment
One of the first steps in burning is to develop a plan for proper burning and to assemble the needed equipment. The Douglas County Conservation District has the following equipment for residents to use:
- Drip Torch
- Backpack Sprayer
Douglas County has a burn hotline for those wishing to burn. Call 785-832-5394 to hear the current burn status and to record your burn with the Douglas County Dispatch Center (as required by the resolution).
Be prepared to share the following information when logging your burn:
Penetrometer (Soil Compaction Meter)
Soil compaction can easily reduce crop yields by 10%, and can lead to water and soil quality degradation due to increased runoff and soil structure destruction.
A penetrometer is a tool used to test the compaction level and tilth of your soil.
Penetrometers measure the resistance of the soil in Pounds Per Square Inch (PSI) giving an indication of how compacted your soils are as an indication of the soil quality.
Through a grant from the Douglas County Conservation District, Douglas County Agriculture producers are eligible for up to 5 free soil tests each year.
Soil health is connected to plant health, environmental health, human health, and community health. Getting a soil test can help you to manage your farm or garden in a way that is responsible and safe
A soil probe is used to collect small diameter samples at or near the ground surface. They allow you to provide a quick soil sample for a soil test. Testing your soil will provide information on basic fertility of the soil. Due to possible past uses of urban sites, having soil tested is important to learn as much as possible about any contaminants, such as unsafe levels of lead or other heavy metals. Without a soil test, everyone is really just guessing at what the soil fertility level really is. Through a grant from the Douglas County Conservation District, Douglas County Agriculture producers are eligible for up to 5 free soil tests each year.