Soil Carbon 101

Basic information about soil carbon and organic matter

Infiltration test

Stan Boyd of South Dakota NRCS made a great little video about doing a simple, single-ring infiltration test on three different types of management. "[Infiltration] responds very rapidly to changes in management."

Single-ring infiltration tests are part of the Soil Carbon Challenge baseline method.

Burleigh County, North Dakota: Healthy soil, healthy farms, healthy communities

Brian DeVore of Minnesota's Land Stewardship Project wrote a good piece about Gabe Brown and others:

http://landstewardshipproject.org/posts/blog/360

Included in the article is a link to a presentation by Kristine Nichols that is a great introduction some soil health concepts from a simple, practical perspective that looks at the whole. Included in this presentation is a picture of Gabe and Paul Brown's ranch after it received 13 inches of rain in 24 hours, and there is no standing water.

Tony Lovell's TED talk

Here is Tony Lovell's talk from TEDxDubbo, September 2011. He begins with an excellent explanation of why our brains can't cope with climate change, and does a great job of explaining the implications of the biological carbon cycle. Click the link if the frame below doesn't show.

The future of agriculture

The January 2012 Burleigh County Soil Conservation District's soil health workshop presentations are now online:

http://www.bcscd.com/?id=63

These include videos of great presentations by Rudolf Derpsch, Gail Fuller, Jay Fuhrer, Doug Peterson, and Kenny Miller.

These presentations are about the future of agriculture, based on what's already been tried. Essential learning, essential principles for all areas.

NRCS soil health factsheets--Farming in the 21st century

These excellent factsheets are courtesy of the NRCS Soil Quality Team. Right-click and choose Save As to download.

2-page version (4 mb):
http://soilcarboncoalition.org/files/21st_century_soil_health_factsheet.pdf

6-page version (7.8 mb):
http://soilcarboncoalition.org/files/21st_century_soil_health_expanded_v...

Christine Jones: new paper on soil carbon in Australia

Australian soil scientist Christine Jones has a new paper out that summarizes much of her conclusions about the soil carbon opportunity. "For some time, analysts have tipped carbon to become the world’s most traded commodity.

Allan Yeomans on climate change and soil

Allan Yeomans, author of Priority One: Together We Can Beat Global Warming has a series of videos on climate change and soil. Here are Parts 1 and 2.

Soil Association report

The UK Soil Association has a wide-ranging and thorough report on the potential of agriculture to increase soil carbon. Highly recommended as a broad overview of the soil carbon opportunity

http://www.soilassociation.org/Whyorganic/Climatefriendlyfoodandfarming/...

How To Take CO2 Out of the Sky

Fukuoka summarized

An excellent and trenchant summary of the principles underlying Masanobu Fukuoka's practice, which also describes biosphere process:

"Soil is created by living plants working with microorganisms, and by the plants' residues and the microorganisms' corpses after their death. Soil is drained of nutrients by cultivation, NOT by plants."

http://fukuokafarmingol.info/foverfound.html

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