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Soil Organic Matter (or soil carbon) is of significant importance, in terms of soil fertility, water retention, structure and biodiversity. Furthermore, soil carbon is of importance to the Scottish Government’s goals for climate change mitigation, therefore it is critical to ensure that the large amount of carbon currently stored in Scotland’s soil is protected and retained.
Although many farmers routinely test their soil for pH, lime, phosphorus and potassium, most farmers do not specifically measure soil carbon, despite increasing attention from policy-makers and benefits to soil health.
Laboratory analysis is expensive given the number of samples required per farm to provide an accurate overview.
Using soil colour as an indicator of soil carbon concentrations is proposed as a cheaper, quicker, robust and in situ alternative testing option. The use of soil colour testing in combination with the website Soil Information for Scottish Soils, will enable land managers to compare their own soil carbon concentrations against average for a given soil type.
This project aimed to understand the level of farmer awareness, and to raise awareness, of how farmers consider and prepare for possible future initiatives and legislation related to protecting and increasing soil carbon, and how they might use soil carbon information to benefit their businesses.
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