Soil Carbon Methodology
Over recent years, the interest in soil health has exponentially increased in agriculture and general public. Soil is the foundation of all land and agricultural productivity, so getting the fundamentals right counts.
A soil carbon project starts with a baseline assessment, where multiple soil tests are undertaken throughout the project area. The carbon is measured in the soil at that given time, which provides the framework and basic understanding of the soil carbon potential.
A change of management is required from the baseline tests that aim to increase the soil carbon percentages per hectare.
Some of these change of management methods include:
- Multi species pasture cropping
- Rotational and cover cropping
- Regenerative/rotational grazing
- Resting land for recovery. The soil will then be tested periodically to measure any increases in the carbon.
Please note that with this methodology comes an increased financial risk compared to other methods due to the multiple risk factors of long term soil carbon permanence. However, soil baseline assessments are easily undertaken on any property and can be part of an overall ecological/holistic approach to your project.