MSU research improves soil carbon calculations

New research at Michigan State University will help provide more accurate carbon soil measurements.

Bruno Basso, who led the project, tells Brownfield soil carbon samples typically don’t consider the soil’s density and how it can change over time.

“The research allowed us to understand despite the fact that the carbon percentage can go up, if bulk density goes down and is not adjusted, your ultimate carbon stocks can be lower,” he shares.

Basso says many policies use soil carbon stock changes to determine the success of sequestration programs and the model will allow farmers to be fairly paid for their efforts.

“It really helps both farmers and anyone in the carbon space to be able to have the proper quantification of the stock,” he says.

He says the model will now give altering soil testing depths to track carbon capture over time.

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