Collected Surveys Find More Growers Moving To No-Till

Despite the loss of support for crop residue surveys by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, some counties around the United States continued to gather information about tillage practices in 2006.

The Conservation Technology Information Center in West Lafayette, Ind., with help from local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, collected the data from 61 million acres nationwide, representing about 22 percent of all cropland.

The results show that no-till adoption continues to grow. In the counties surveyed, no-till and strip-till (both of which leave more than 30 percent crop residue on the soil after planting) grew from 16.5 million acres in 2004 to 19.2 million acres in 2006. That is an increase from 26.5 percent to 31.5 percent of planted acres.

Ridge-tilling increased from 0.6 percent to 0.9 percent, whereas mulch-tilling (field-wide tilling that leaves more than 30 percent of the residue after planting) decreased from 23.7 percent to 22.3 percent. Total conservation tillage acres increased from 50.8 percent to 54.7 percent.

Reduced-tillage fell from 23.7% to 21.8%, and conventional tillage from 25.5% to 23.5% between 2004 and 2006.

In the counties surveyed in 2006, only 20.4 percent of corn and 30.4 percent of small grains were no-tilled, compared to 44.5 percent of soybeans.

Natural Resources Conservation Service, Conservation Technology Information Center, CTIC, NRCS, trend, no-till, strip-till, ridge-till, report, increase
To view the content, please subscribe or login.
 Premium content is for our Digital-only and Premium subscribers. A Print-only subscription doesn't qualify. Please purchase/upgrade a subscription with the Digital product to get access to all No-Till Farmer content and archives online. Learn more about the different versions and what is included.

Top Articles

Current Issue


No-Till Farmer

Get full access NOW to the most comprehensive, powerful and easy-to-use online resource for no-tillage practices. Just one good idea will pay for your subscription hundreds of times over.

Subscribe Now

View More

Must Read Free Eguides

Download these helpful knowledge building tools

View More
Top Directory Listings