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Soil Carbon and Carbon Sequestration

UK Agriculture has a key role to play in helping Britain meet its Net Zero emissions target by 2050. Achieving Net Zero is and will be a challenge and soil carbon is a key aspect of this in either trading or carbon sequestration. This is in conjunction with an increase in organic matter in the soil and an increase in green cover in order to achieve global cooling with the absorption of CO2.

By changing and modifying agricultural practices, agricultural land can be used to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, through carbon sequestration. The carbon dioxide that is removed from the atmosphere is stored in the soil carbon pool. Boosting soil carbon through carbon sequestration is essential.

Why is Soil Carbon important to farmers?

High levels of organic carbon contribute to maintaining agricultural production. That’s because soil carbon is considered as the basis for soil fertility improving its health and reducing erosion.

There are various ways to increase carbon sequestration in soil. For example, improving crop rotation, implementing grazing management strategies to minimize the impact of grazing on soil structure as well as maintain soil fertility with inorganic and organic fertilizers.

As a large proportion of organic matter is in the top 0-10 cm of soils it is essential that the soil surface is protected from erosion in order to retain the soil carbon. Stubble on the surface can assist with this.

How Eco Prospects Can Help

Eco Prospects can help and advise farm businesses about how to put in place a net zero strategy. Improving farm management, protecting the habitat and renewable energy use are all key elements of this plan.

We can measure the soil carbon in the soil and its threshold and advise on how to increase the soil carbon and organic matter. By monitoring soil organic carbon over time, any changes brought about by management can be identified and continue to be implemented.

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