Feed The World With No-Till

In developing countries around the world, a new research report indicates that extensive use of no-till could increase corn yields by 20% over the next 36 years. And if irrigation was used in these no-till fields, corn yields could increase by as much as 67%.

Improved nitrogen-use efficiency could boost rice yields by 22%, while adding irrigation would increase yields by another 21%.

With heat-tolerant varieties of wheat, yields could grow by 17% and irrigation could up the yields by another 23%. Solving moisture and heat concerns with wheat are essential since 50% of the global area devoted to wheat production is in droughty areas.

11 Key Ag Technologies

This data comes from a new report released by the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C. The group’s researchers looked at 11 agricultural practices and technologies to determine how each used either alone or in combination could help farmers improve the production of corn, rice and wheat while trimming food costs.

With increased demand for food due to population and income growth, along with the impact of climate change, there’s will be a real need to ratchet up crop yields to feed the planet. This study looked at the impact that no-till, crop-protection chemicals, drip irrigation, drought and heat tolerance varieties, integrated soil-fertility management, nutrient-use-efficiency, organic agriculture, precision practices, sprinkler irrigation, and capturing water runoff and storing moisture in plant roots would have on crop production.

The report indicates no-till must play a key role between now and 2050…

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Frank Lessiter

Frank Lessiter has served as editor of No-Till Farmer since the publication was launched in November of 1972. Raised on a six-generation Michigan Centennial Farm, he has spent his entire career in agricultural journalism. Lessiter is a dairy science graduate from Michigan State University.

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