Soil Health Testing
Soil health is clearly a vital part of a successful farming business and soil carbon is one important aspect of soil health; improving soil structure and the soil’s ability to hold water and nutrients.
To investigate the soil carbon levels in your fields, you can carry out soil sampling for laboratory analysis as with conventional nutrient testing or you can use proxy measures of soil health.
These proxy measures include worm counts, visual evaluation of soil structure (VESS), aggregate stability, infiltration rates and the burying of cotton pants.
Agri-Tech Cornwall is running the Soil Carbon Project, looking at the relationship between proxy tests of soil health and laboratory tests of soil carbon. To find out more about the Soil Carbon Project, including how you can get involved, visit Agri-Tech Cornwall.