With commodity prices remaining low, overall crop acreage among no-tillers last year was fairly consistent with 2014.
Corn remained the No. 1 crop, making up 40% of total crop acres in the 8th annual No-Till Operational Benchmark Study, followed by soybeans, which dropped from 37% in 2014 to 35% last year. Small grains dropped slightly from 15% to 14%. (See Figure 1.)
More no-tillers grew all three crops last year than in recent years, with the percent of no-tillers growing corn increasing by 2 points to 96%, and 92% of no-tillers grew soybeans compared to 88.5% in 2014. Small grains went up 1 percentage point from 56% in 2014.
On a regional level, results indicate corn acreage is seeing an uptick in some areas, despite results from 2014 indicating that more no-tillers were increasing their soybean acreage — likely due to deflating corn prices. Here’s how crop acreage fared in each region last year: