Some farmers are cutting back on tillage in an attempt to offset rising energy costs, according to the latest Ag Economy Barometer survey from Purdue University.
32% of total respondents said they implemented changes in their operation in response to rising energy prices.
Of those who made changes, 44% said they reduced tillage, while 24% reduced nitrogen rates and 10% started no-tilling.
Purdue’s Ag Economy Barometer, released on the first Tuesday of each month, is a nationwide measure of the health of the U.S. agricultural economy. Data comes from a survey of 400 agricultural producers, according to the university.