Australia can reap exponentially in its efforts to go greener, by gaining access to premium international markets that are only accessible to major exporters with sustainable credentials.
Something as simple as focusing on your land can help reduce emissions. The Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment points out that “there is a strong link between changing patterns of land use and economic and social conditions, particularly in regional Australia”.
By employing soil sequestration practices, which predominantly involves managing land and putting practices in place so that your land’s soil can absorb and hold carbon effectively, you can improve the soil carbon of your land. You can read more about carbon farming practices here.
Sydney Institute of Agriculture’s Professor Budiman Minasny reiterates the benefits of changing patterns of land use. “Comparing the soil under Australia’s natural vegetation to the soil of croplands and you’ll see about half of the organic matter has been lost since European-style agriculture began here.” He further explains that we can, however, put the carbon back.
Increasing carbon in soil
There are some simple practices that you can put in place to help increase carbon in soil:
- Planting perennials in pasture areas. These plants live longer which means they accumulate biomass (this is made of carbon).
- Cover cropping, which involves growing plants between crops to manage soil erosion and control pests while improving soil fertility and health. You can even use mulch as an alternative as this also supplies soil with nutrients and helps to store moisture.
- Planting pulses, including faba beans, lentils, lupins, and field peas, in crop rotations. Although known to be difficult to grow, these are a great source of organic nitrogen (and even leave nitrogen in the soil once harvested) and help with weed control.
Technologies for better farming practices
While net zero by 2050 is a vital target, implementing tech solutions throughout your farm can help your operations and activities become simpler and easier to manage, saving you time to focus on other more important aspects of your farm.
Did you know that Farmdeck can help you make your farm management experience easier and smarter, while giving you better visibility and insight into your farming operations? One of our IoT solutions, the Water Level Monitoring feature makes managing the water levels on your property easier. Our solution provides you with a reliable snapshot of all the water sources on your land so you know your water levels, individual tank capacities, and sensor status data at all times. If anything out of the ordinary occurs, such as a leak causing a drop in water levels, you’ll be able to fix it quickly, conserve water and not spend days relocating livestock. This also means that physically visiting each tank to verify their levels is no longer necessary.
Read more here to learn how our Water Monitoring feature helped farmer Luke Bowman, of Red Hill Farm, Barraba, NSW, increase the productivity on his farm.