Results from a survey of attendees at the 2012 National No-Tillage Conference indicate farmers will be paying considerable attention to utilizing the latest technologies to push up yields during the coming year. More than two-thirds of these growers will rely on field mapping and yield monitor data analysis this year to boost yields and increase crop production efficiencies.
More than half of the growers will rely on tractor autosteering to improve the accuracy of field work. Some 9% will also install autosteer units on planters, drills, strip-till rigs, vertical tillage tools and sprayers for more accurate farming.
In 2012, nearly half of these farmers will use variable rate fertilization while 19% will rely on variable rate seeding to trim costs. However, only 5% expect to use precision technologies to vary pesticide application rates during the coming year.
Here’s how these growers responded when asked what technologies they’ll be using during 2012.
|Precision Technologies||% of Farmers|
|Yield Monitor Data Analysis||66%|
|GPS Guidance—Tractor Autosteer||55%|
|Variable Rate Fertilizing||47%|
|Variable Rate Seeding||20%|
|Satellite Aerial Imagery||19%|
|GPS Guidance—Implement Autosteer||9%|
|Soil Electrical Conductivity (Veris) Mapping||6%|
|Variable Rate Pesticide Application||5%|
|Electronic Fertilizer Application||5%|
— Survey of 2012 National No-Tillage Conference attendees