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Plasticulture Equipment Rental Information

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N.C. Cooperative Extension, Rowan County Center has plastic laying equipment housed in our County for rental. We have a 36” Bed Layer, a 48” Bed Layer, and a Bed/Mulch Lifter. You must bring a trailer capable of trailering the equipment. (The weight of the 48” layer is 850 pounds. Both the mulch lifter and 36” layer weigh less than this.) If you do not have access to a trailer but would still like to rent the equipment please contact the Rowan County Extension office. 

Using plasticulture methods to raise fruit and vegetable crops has many advantages. Research has proven that yields are dramatically increased, disease pressure and incidence is much lower, weed suppression is better, and water retention is higher in plasticulture systems compared to bare ground systems. Another advantage to plasticulture paired with a drip irrigation system is the ability to fertigate and apply highly accurate amounts of fertilizer with little wasted.

What does it cost? 

There are two fees associated with renting the plastic equipment, a rental fee and a deposit. The rental fee is $25 per day and the proceeds go towards the maintenance and upkeep of the equipment. The check that is used for the rental fee must be a cashiers check or money order. The deposit is $25 per day and is refundable when you bring the equipment back. This check can be a personal check. Please make the checks payable to:

Rental Fee ($25 per day): NC A&T Note: This check must be a cashier check or money order

Deposit ($25 per day): Rowan CES

Example: 3 day rental

$75 rental fee made payable to NC A&T

$75 personal check made payable to Rowan CES

Who can rent the equipment? 

Any North Carolina farmers may rent the equipment. Please note that you are responsible for trailering the equipment to your farm. The equipment also has requirements for the tractor pulling it. Be sure to confirm the equipment can be operated with your tractor. 

How do I go about renting the equipment?

Each piece of equipment is rented on a first come, first served basis. To be put on the schedule and request an application please contact the Rowan County Cooperative Extension Office at (704) 216-8970. We do have a 3 day minimum on the rental of this equipment. Please give us at least a 1 week’s notice before you need the equipment by calling the Rowan County Extension Office. 

Where is the equipment located?

The equipment is stored at the Piedmont Research Station located at 8530 Sherrills Ford Road, Salisbury, NC 28147. 

What about returning the equipment?

The equipment should be returned on the agreed upon date since other renters may be lined up behind you. If you do not return the equipment by the agreed upon date you may be barred from renting the equipment in the future. Returned equipment should not be full of mud and soil. If you are an organic grower you are responsible for cleaning the equipment to meet the organic practices. 

Have any questions?

Please contact Cody Craddock, Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources if you have any questions about the plasticulture rental equipment.