Spreading loose organic carbon in Carnamah, WA.

Loose organic carbon being spread at five ton to the hectare on deep white sand at Carnamah/Eneabba, Western Australia. The paddock will be delved afterwards to achieve greatest incorporation.

Keep updated as we monitor this farm for changes in soil organic carbon levels and plant health by following our twitter feed at https://twitter.com/AgCarbon or check back on our blog for updates.

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Kondinin Group - The Business case for Carbon Farming

The Australian Government’s original Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI)—which enabled farmers to earn Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) through carbon farming—commenced in 2011. This scheme has now been folded into the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF).

From 12 December, the rules governing the CFI have changed with the passage of the Carbon Farming Initiative Amendment Act 2014. This expands the CFI into other sectors of the economy and implements the government’s ERF, which will be used to purchase carbon abatement.

Affect of improving soil organic matter with compost on broad-acre crop production

Today, most agricultural businesses in Western Australia are using synthetic fertilisers to feed nutrients into their crops. Compost can be thought of as a source of nutrients, however, it also offers the potential of long term solutions for sustainable soil management which fertilisers alone are unable to achieve.

20 broad-acre farms were to be selected in 2004 to participate over a two year period as part of a program to develop the market for compost made from household waste.

GRDC: Managing Soil Organic Matter: A Practical Guide

Increasing soil organic matter is widely regarded as beneficial to soil function and fertility and in agricultural production systems is integral to sustainable farming.

Storing the carbon component of organic matter in agricultural, rangeland and forest soils is also seen as one way to decrease atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and mitigate the impact of climate change.

Compost in Broadacre Agriculture

This trial was designed for a demonstration and to allow 2nd year students to sample plants for biomass and to measure soil activity levels hence large plots (approx 1.2m X 5m ) of each treatment were used rather than smaller plots that could have been replicated. Unfortunately this means there is no statistical way to account for the within plot variability seen in the trial without multiple samplings. Student sampling would have produced the required number of samples however a timetable change meant students were not able to sample the trial. The trial was still used as a demonstration for students to view and discuss points related to soil microbial activity and compost addition.

Organic approach to boost soil biology

CARBON Ag Solutions has invested heavily in using organic carbon in Western Australia, creating two ways to get the carbon into the soil.

Rather than spreading a loose application of organic carbon, which can be lost due to severe soil erosion events, it has created a pellet and granular solution.

The new products, which will be launched at the machinery field days this year, are created by C-Wise and are designed to increase subsoil health, water-holding capacity, yield and profitability.

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