April newsletter from the Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit
5 ways to reduce GHGs and improve profits from grass
Welcome to the April newsletter from FCCT which this month is concentrating on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from grass based systems. Enjoy!
Maintain a good soil structure
Soil underpins the entire farming system. A healthy well-managed soil that accumulates organic matter will sequester carbon, have improved structure and increase productivity. Read more here
Plan fertiliser and manure applications
The main goal of nutrient management planning is to match applied nutrient supply to crop requirements taking into account soil conditions (including soil pH). Find out more here
Use cover crops
Cover crops have multiple benefits to the farming system and if they are ploughed in they can increase the soil organic matter content of the soil (sequestering more carbon) See how to do it here
Look at timing of fertiliser and slurry applications
Applying fertilisers at a time when the crop is actively growing will ensure that nutrients are used effectively and losses are minimised. Consider the type of fertiliser used depending on weather and soil conditions. Read more here
Consider the use of legumes
Legumes such as clover have the ability to fix nitrogen and replace the need to apply artificial nitrogen. Legumes offer important opportunities for sustainable grassland based production.