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.

2022-Benchmark-What-Is-Your-Typical-Corn-Planting-Population Graph

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. 

2022-Benchmark-Do-You-Use-Variable-Rate-Seeding-for-Corn Graph

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%. 

2022-Benchmark-What-Is-Your-Typical-Soybean-Planting-Population Graph

How do these numbers compare to what you use on your operation? Let me know in the comments below. 

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