Opportunities to sequester carbon in soil: Management of perennial pastures

Susan Orgill, Jason Condon, Mark Conyers, Richard Greene, Brian Murphy

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Carbon sequestration in soil presents an opportunity for agricultural systems to be a net sink, rather than source of atmospheric carbon. It has been suggested that grazing and nutrient management of perennial pastures are the main drivers of carbon sequestration in agricultural soils. This paper outlines results from investigations into carbon concentration and carbon stock under perennial pastures in south-eastern NSW. Forty eight sites were sampled at regular depth intervals to 0.70 m. Comparisons included: i) soil type (basalt- vs granite-derived), ii) climate (summer dominant vs equiseasonal rainfall), iii) pasture type (native vs introduced perennial pasture), iv) grazing management (continuously vs rotationally grazed) and v) soil fertility. There was a significant difference in the mass of C in soil due to soil type (P <0.001) and climate (P = 0.008). Basalt derived soils had an average of 159 Mg C ha-1 to 0.70 m, deep granite-derived soils had 76 Mg C ha-1 and shallow granite-derived soils had 43 Mg C ha-1. Pasture type did not significantly influence the mass of C in soil and soil fertility and grazing management explained some of the variation in C mass.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication16th AAC
Subtitle of host publicationCapturing opportunities and overcoming obstacles in Australian agronomy
EditorsI. Yunusa
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherThe Regional Institute
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event16th Australian Agronomy Conference - University of New England, Armidale, Australia
Duration: 14 Oct 201218 Oct 2012
Conference number: 16th
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Conference16th Australian Agronomy Conference
Abbreviated titleCapturing Opportunities and Overcoming Obstacles in Australian Agronomy
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