Victorian Soil Carbon Project

Lead organisers and collaborators

Department of Primary Industries

Future Farming Systems Research

Contact

Doug Crawford

Project details

Objectives

Measure soil carbon stocks and composition

  • in pasture & cropping systems of Victoria
  • Determine influence of management
  • in regions with varying climate and soil

Methods

Sampling design

  • continuous cropping
  • cropping pasture rotation
  • dairy pasture
  • sheep /beef pasture

Paddock management history

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Soil sampling

 

Soil description

 

 

 

Results

Results Farms

Very wide range in soil carbon stock across Victoria

Total Organic Carbon (0-30 cm) 2-279 Mg/ha

Region

 

Region

 

Management

Soil Type

Depth

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Still to come

Communication

Science

2 Journal papers

• Robertson et al. Soil carbon in cropping and pasture systems of Victoria. Soil Research.

• Robertson et al. Effects of management practices on soil organic carbon – evidence from long-term field trials in Victoria. Soil Research.

2 Conference papers

• SSA-NZSSA Soil Science Conference, Hobart, Dec 2012.

Industry /NRM

• Individual results to landholders

• Field day presentations, brochures

People