JOHNSTON, IOWA – August 31, 2021 – According to a new Corteva Agriscience survey of 600+ row crop farmers across 26 U.S. states, soil health practices continue to gain traction. Sixty-six percent of farmers report they have already implemented soil health practices such as using cover crops and/or reduced tillage that would qualify them to enroll in most carbon programs.
Even as soil health practices become more widespread, farmer participation in carbon programs remains relatively low. While seventy-two percent of respondents are aware of carbon offerings, only three percent are enrolled in a carbon sequestration program. Many farmers indicate that they would consider a carbon program if the payout per acre reached $20; however, it isn't until the payout per acre would reach an estimated $40 that the majority said they would commit to participation in a program. A recent Purdue study highlights that farmers need to be incentivized to adopt practices and join a carbon program.
Forty-four percent of farmers who have not already adopted these practices report increased interest in on-farm stewardship during the past five years. Lack of access to necessary equipment and services, as well as concern about return on investment, were cited as the biggest barriers to practice adoption.
“We always start with the agronomy to make sure practices are a good fit,” said Ben Gordon, Portfolio Lead, Carbon Ecosystems and Services, Corteva Agriscience. “Carbon programs can help to offset the costs of new practices to further drive farm profitability and stewardship outcomes.
“The data shows that many farmers are interested in these practices and will adopt them with a higher payout,” added Gordon. “As an industry, this means we must work to remove barriers to increase practice adoption and provide farmers with holistic solutions such as carbon programs to drive prices toward that $40 level and beyond.”
Other key insights from the Corteva Agriscience survey demonstrate how price points, barriers to entry and trusted advisors are important factors for farmers when considering carbon programs.
Familiarity with carbon programs
Barriers to adoption of soil health practices (cover crop and reduced tillage)
Barriers to enrollment in a carbon program
Interest in on-farm stewardship and conservation issues
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Trust in Food™ from June 4, 2021 - July 31, 2021. In total, 617 U.S. row crop farmers in 26 states completed the survey. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey results, visit granular.ag/carbon-survey. To quickly see what farmers could earn through a carbon program in a specific area, use this Carbon Credit Calculator.
About Corteva Agriscience
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