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Planter Size and Grain Hauler Snapshot

March 26, 2014
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor
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Farmers share their planter size and the number of grain trucks or semis on their farm via the Farm Journal Pulse.

Farm Journal Pulse

Before long planters will be rolling across the Corn Belt. Just how big are those planters? A recent Farm Journal Pulse asked: What size planter do you use?

Here are the results:

  • 8-Row: 14%
  • 12-Row: 31%
  • 16-Row: 29%
  • 24-Row: 20%
  • Other: 6%

If farmers have multiple planters, they were asked to pick their largest.

See the results on an interactive map:

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An interesting side note is to compare the size of planters with age. In February 2012, a Farm Journal Pulse asked: How old is your primary planter?

Of the 1,600 farmers that responded, 13% said they had a brand-new planter, while 32% reported a planter that was two to five years old. Around 20% had planter that was six to ten years old, while the remaining 33% of respondents owned a planter more than a decade old.

See the planter age Farm Journal Pulse results.

Take Your Grain to Town

An early-March Farm Journal Pulse asked: How many grain trucks or semis do you own?

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