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What is today's news? | Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Have you read the latest on planting season intentions or what you should know about carbon markets?

These topics and more made the headlines today.

Planting Season

On March 31, the USDA will release its Prospective Planting Report. Prior to its release, Kluis Commodity Advisors and Successful Farming wanted to find out what your planting intentions were for 2022, so we teamed up to conduct our own acreage survey.

The data has been assembled by Kluis Commodity Advisors, and the results are listed below. We had approximately 700 participants.

The seeding season in Ukraine has started. The main question is how well positioned are producers to plant. The answer is not that simple, writes Iurii Mykhailov, Ukraine resident, journalist, and Successful Farming contributor.

There are big producers who lost up to 90% of their producing area due to Russian occupation or because of proximity to hostilities, especially in East and Southeast Ukraine.

A focus on innovation and serving farmers is what gets Steve Martin, CEO of Martin-Till Equipment, going every day.

Martin shares advice on the common issues for setting up a planter in a minimum-till system.

Agriculture and the Environment

Editor Gil Gullickson writes what farmers need to know about carbon markets.

A 2021 Purdue University study of 1,600 farmers found 36% of all farmers are aware of opportunities, with only 1% of farmers having signed a carbon contract. That leaves around two-thirds of farmers who were unfamiliar with carbon market opportunities.

CIBO Grower was announced today. It is a new application that helps farmers and their trusted advisers easily navigate and participate in the evolving landscape of incentive programs such as carbon credit markets, Scope 3 emissions reduction, and premiums for regenerative and low-carbon grains.

CIBO’s Program Engine, a proprietary software service built to deliver and manage programs from qualification through enrollment, enables CIBO Grower and other incentive programs.

Sound Agriculture and Shell New Energies US (Shell) have collaborated to launch a feasibility study to measure the economic and environmental impact of reducing agriculture-related nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions.

The program will help drive greater adoption of climate-smart practices and to identify opportunities to scale greenhouse gas avoidance and related carbon credit potential, say company officials.


One in eight of laying hens have died in outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Iowa, the number one egg-producing state, said the Agriculture Department on Monday.

There have been 42 avian influenza outbreaks, including five on egg farms in Iowa, Maryland, and Wisconsin. There were 390 million laying hens in the U.S., so this year’s losses equal 2.6% of the nation’s laying flock.

Editor Madelyn Ostendorf provides the latest update on the spread of avian influenza. That is a case affecting a commercial flock of broilers in Butler County, Nebraska. A total of 570,000 birds were affected.

Feed is the number one cost of raising livestock, so producers are antsy to get their animals on pasture. Editor Jodi Henke interviews Garry Lacefield, a retired extension forage specialist at the University of Kentucky. He says spring is the perfect time for pasture improvement.

This includes soil fertility, the right species, and the proper seed planting.

At Successful Farming

Chelsea Dinternman writes about her journey to become assistant agronomy editor at Successful Farming. Throughout her education and career, she says she quickly learned that stepping out of your comfort zone broadens your world view.

Learn about her story by clicking the link below.

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