Building Soil Carbon
Soil is a living thing – it is a complete and self-sustaining ecosystem, alive with living organisms such as worms, fungi, insects, bacteria, and organic matter.
Carbon is the main element present in soil organic matter (SOM) and is referred to as organic carbon. Organic carbon influences many soil characteristics including, colour, nutrient and water holding capacity, nutrient cycling and availability, improved water infiltration and aeration. It is a vital component of productive agriculture.
Soil carbon is an important indicator of healthy soil, influencing a range of factors that impact yield and quality. It is present as organic or inorganic carbon.
Increasing SOM also has another positive influence on the environment as it sequesters carbon (captures and stores atmospheric carbon dioxide carbon) in soils. It is estimated that SOM stores four times as much carbon as living plants and that carbon stored in all the world’s soils is two to three times the amount in the atmosphere.
When carbon sequestration becomes a focus, usually because of government policies and programs offering incentives, it is known as ‘carbon farming’ which focuses on adopting land management practices that increase the amount of carbon stored in soils.
BioAg’s focus is purely on working with farmers to improve their soil health for the long term, for improved pasture and crop yield and quality. Better soils. Better crops. Better stock.
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How the Soil Carbon Sequestration Cycle works
Carbon naturally enters and leaves the soil through a range of complex processes occurring simultaneously. The amount of carbon stored in soils can be increased or decreased by changing and adapting land management practices.