Building healthier soils can help growers enhance the resilience of farm operations and cope with a changing climate while improving crop yields, increasing soil water holding capacity and water infiltration rate, increasing soil fertility, and decreasing input costs.
Keeping nutrients such as carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) in balance is important for not only for healthy soils, but also for environmental protection. Microorganisms can convert C into carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas. Excess N can become nitrous oxide (N2O), an even more potent greenhouse gas, or nitrate that can leach into groundwater. The presence of excess nutrients can be an indication of inefficiency in the farm system and an opportunity to reduce input costs.
Rex Dufour, ATTRA/NCAT
Jeff Creque, Marin Carbon Project
Jocelyn Gretz, Rio Farms
This webinar on April 29th was organized by the California Climate and Agriculture Network and funded by a grant from the USDA Western SARE program.