In today’s installment of the 2022 Strip-Till Benchmark Study snapshot, I’m sharing data about strip-tillers' corn and soybean seeding rates.
To give you an idea of who responded to this 2022 survey, most farmers are in the Corn Belt (63%), followed by about 21% in the Plains/West. More than half of the respondents have been strip-tilling for 10 years or less, and 72% farm 2,000 acres or less.
Strip-tillers planted corn at a variety of populations in 2021. About 54% seeded at rates of more than 33,000, while about another 25% planted lower populations in the 31,001-33,000 range. Seeding rates, on average, went up compared to the 2020 planting season.
A little over 42% of strip-tillers used variable-rate for corn in 2021, an increase of 3% compared to 2020. An additional 5.6% of this year’s respondents plan to use variable rate in the years to come.
As for soybeans, seeding rates of 120,000 or less were most common in 2020. About 41% of respondents planted at 120,000 or less. The second most common population range was 130,001-140,000 at 25%.
How do these numbers compare to what you use on your operation? Let me know in the comments below.