Strip-Tilled Corn Acres, Soybean Yields Increase

The overall average of strip-tilled acres per farm grew by nearly 200, while average corn yields topped 190 and soybean yields jumped 4 bushels.

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For the second year in a row, farmers increased the average number of acres they strip-tilled, despite a minor dip in the percentage of farm acreage strip-tilled.

Overall, survey respondents averaged 1,139 strip-tilled acres, compared to 948 reported in the 2015 study and 877 in 2014. But the percentage of total acreage being strip-tilled decreased slightly from 63.7% in last year’s study to 62.1%, although still well ahead of the 54% reported in 2014.

Another fluctuation came in the percentage of farmers strip-tilling their entire operation. This year’s study showed that 23.6% of respondents strip-till 100% of their farm in 2015, down about 6 percentage points from 2014 (29.9%), though well ahead of 2013 (11%).

It will be interesting to see if farmers continue to add strip-till acres and grow the niche farming practice. The results of the 8th Annual No-Till Operational Benchmark Study published by No-Till Farmer earlier this year are encouraging, with 10.5% of respondents saying they strip-till — nearly 3 points higher than reported in the 2015 study (7.7%).

Increasing Corn Acres

While overall adoption of strip-till appears to be on the rise, this year’s Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study revealed a shift in the amount of strip-tilled acres farmers allotted for corn and soybeans. The average number of strip-tilled corn acres increased for the second straight year, starting at 717 in 2013, to 737 in 2014 and 860 last year.

But for the first time, strip-tilled soybean acres declined to an average of 413, compared to 476…

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Jack Zemlicka

Jack Zemlicka is the Managing Editor for Strip-Till Farmer. Since he joined Lessiter Publications' Ag Division in 2012, he has covered precision farming practices, products and trends. He also serves as managing editor of Precision Farming Dealer, and technology editor of Farm Equipment and No-Till Farmer.

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