With the increased availability of herbicide-tolerant crops farmers are adopting no-till techniques (or conservation agriculture) at a dramatic rate. Between 1999 and 2009, the agricultural area under no-till grew from 45 million to 111 million hectares. The infographic below shows the breakdown of where those hectares are today.
Looking forward to 2050, no-till agriculture has the potential to significantly increase maize and wheat yields across the world. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) predicts that widespread adoption of no-till could increase yields dramatically in 2050. For a look at how no-till agriculture helps produce higher-yielding crops, check out Save Our Soils.