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Farming group takes on soil carbon doubters

Southern Pastures believes NZ farmers need to be given the option of soil carbon sequestration because it will help incentivise and reward climate change mitigation. 

The notion that New Zealand’s soils may not be suitable for storing carbon is being challenged by dairy farming group Southern Pastures.

The company has worked with Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research to measure the baseline of how much carbon is within the soil across the company’s 19 farms.

These figures will be monitored in five years’ time to determine if the company’s farming practices have increased the amount of carbon in the soil.

The practices include low tillage, planting deep-rooted crops, and introducing dung beetles, along with increasing biodiversity and native plantings.

Read full article: FarmersWeekly