Soil Carbon Analysis
Why Test For Carbon in Soil?
- There is an emerging market in carbon trading, opening a new revenue stream for farmers. Soon, the Irish Government will compensate farmers for storing additional carbon in their soil. The first step is measuring your baseline carbon.
- Climate change action requires carbon sequestration of carbon from the atmosphere to soils, plants and other biomass. Therefore, measuring your baseline soil carbon levels will guide future actions to support carbon farming.
- With a greater emphasis on carbon footprint, this analysis will be the basis for the next generation of soil-specific nutrient management advice. It will help with targeted fertiliser and organic manure applications (right nutrient type, right application rate, right time & right place) across all farming systems in Ireland.
- Agricultural Consultants.
- Research Institutions.
- Total carbon – Why? To evaluate the base amount of carbon for carbon sequestration. By adding carbon to your soil, you can avail of a carbon credit payment.
- Total organic carbon – Why? To differentiate organic carbon from inorganic carbon. Inorganic carbon cannot be counted towards carbon credits.
- Total nitrogen – Why? To measure the rate of mineralizable nitrogen. Plants use this nitrogen to grow. The more mineralizable nitrogen the soil can use, the more you save on fertiliser costs.
We Can Do It For You In 3 Easy Steps.
- Simple – order the test you need, and we will post your soil boxes, your reception form and your sampling instructions.
- Clear – follow the instructions, collect the sample and post it back to us or drop it into our Farranfore facility.
- Accurate – easy-to-understand results will be sent to you by email within 10 days. After that, you can follow up with us for a consultation on your results.
Note: If you require a soil corer, you can collect one from our Farranfore facility for a refundable deposit of €75.
For an additional fee, we can process the sample within a 5 or 3-day turnaround. Please get in touch for details www.southernscientificireland.com/contact.