Soil Carbon Projects
The Ag Bureau of SA and branches of across the State have a number of projects underway on this "hot topic".
Current projects relating to soil carbon include:
- The 20:20 Carbon Challenge: increasing soil organic carbon of sandy soils - funded by Caring for our Country and to be completed in 2013.
This project has already: undertaken in-depth sampling of 3 sites; selected 6 demonstration sites and collected baseline data from those sites; completed a soil C audit for 42 sites; established a database of modified soils on Eyre Peninsula and in the South East; and seen the commencement of a PhD student undertaking associated research.
For more information, please contact David.Davenport@sa.gov.au.
- Improving soil carbon levels and decreasing erosion in 3 NRM regions in SA - funded by Caring for our Country and to be completed in 2013.
This project is linked to the SheepConnect network and has already established focus farms in the Jamestown, Kulpara, Angaston and Burra regions. Field days have been held at Angaston and Burra and a number of "satellite sites" have been identified.
For more information, please contact Ian.McFarland@sa.gov.au.
Comprehensive soil testing (including organic carbon) has been undertaken as part of a number of Ag Bureau projects across SA.
This includes a project in the western Eyre Peninsula region - "Soil Health in the West" - which has measured Colwell P, PBI, DGT P, organic carbon, pH and % carbonate for 75 sites.