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Use of precision agriculture technology continues to increase among no-till farmers, a demographic that experts say has a strong history as early adopters of farming technology.
No-till is a growing market in the U.S. and worldwide. Research from 2018-19 estimates there are 162.8 million no-till acres in North America and 507.6 million conservation agriculture acres worldwide.
No-Till Farmer surveyed North American growers about operational plans, equipment expenditures and more in the 14th annual No-Till Operational Benchmark Survey. The average respondent is 45 or older, farms 1,365 acres of mostly corn and soybeans, and has at least 6 years of no-till experience.
The survey asked farmers if they used 12 types of precision technology in their operations: GPS — tractor auto-steer, GPS — lightbar, GPS — implement guidance, yield monitor data analysis, field mapping, auto-boom/nozzle shutoff, auto-seed shutoff, variable-rate fertilizing, variable-rate seeding, satellite aerial imagery, remote sensing and drones.
In 2022, usage of all of the technologies is increasing compared to 2021. Some highlights: