What is it?
Carbon is the main component of the organic matter in your soil. It is essential to the health of your fields. It improves life and structure and helps retain water.
Many people don’t know this, but Quebec’s fields have been losing carbon over the past few decades. Worse: once released, organic carbon in the soil turns into carbon dioxide (CO2), a very common GHG.
Fortunately, you can reverse this trend by trapping atmospheric carbon in your soils through certain agricultural practices, such as cover crops or manure use. Our organic carbon measurement tracks these changes in your soils.
What’s in it for me?
Trapping more carbon in your soils benefits the climate and your plots.
CO2 is both the main GHG humans emit, and the plants’ food. Under the effect of the sun, plants transform the carbon part of this gas (C) into stems, leaves and roots, and reject its oxygen part (O2).
Once locked in the soil, the carbon feeds bacteria, fungi and earthworms. In short, it enhances the health of your plots: their fertility, their resistance to erosion and their ability to retain water.
Measuring this carbon in your fields gives you invaluable data. In the age of climate change, food processors could be paying you to trap carbon from CO2 in your soil. Indeed, these processors have committed to reduce their GHGs, including those of the companies in their value chain.
So by measuring the carbon in your fields, you win in at least two ways. You: