Robin Saluoks of eAgronom dives into the carbon measurement process, and the ins and outs of calculating carbon sequestration.
Changing growing practices to sequester more carbon might sound simple in theory. It’s often more complicated in practice, though, and potentially quite expensive.
This reality is a major barrier to farmer participation in emerging carbon markets – but it’s far from the only problem. Low per-ton carbon pricing, stipulations which differ based on what government or company is operating the market in question, and other factors are all at play.
In part 1 of this episode, Robin Saluoks, founder of eAgronom, discusses the difficulties of carbon market participation, and what can help growers and agribusinesses overcome them. In this second part of Field Trials E7, Robin dives into the carbon measurement process, and the ins and outs of calculating carbon sequestration without the need to soil sample every global acre.
“First of all, you have to chose the soil model – something which will predict soil organic carbon changes in the field. It has to be a public soil model. You have to prove in the region where your doing studies that this model will work well,” says Saluoks, specifically referencing the steps required to be certified under the Verra Verified Carbon Standard .
“After this you have to pick the field which are similar – similar type of soil, similar types of weather and so on…on each group of fields you have to do really heavy soil sampling as well. So, you don’t have to soil sample all the fields.”
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