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Managing Soil Carbon Under Diverse Conditions

Fertilizer Australia and the International Fertiliser Society have jointly organised a programme of three online events to discuss soil carbon management.

These events will be held in May 2022 and will include both presentations and panel discussions to explore the challenges of managing soil carbon in contrasting soil, climate and agricultural systems and the implications for nutrient management, diffuse pollution and crop production .

The first event will provide an overview of the issues and science involved, the second will focus on arable systems, and the third will cover managed grasslands and pasture. There will be an emphasis on practical solutions and the benefits and trade-offs of maintaining and enhancing soil carbon in diverse agricultural production systems

We are honoured that the programme will be opened by Australia’s National Soils Advocate, the Honourable Penelope Wensley AC who will explain her role and the reasons why the Australian Government believes that such a role makes a valuable contribution to the stewardship of the country’s soils.

This programme of events is free to all, and participants will be able to put questions to the panellists. Details of the timing and content of these three online events are given below. Each event will last for approximately 90 minutes.

Click on the Register button for each event that you would like to attend.

Soil Management Overview

Tuesday 3 May 2022

The two presentations in this webinar provided an overview of soil C and implications for other nutrients in Australian conditions, and the principles, objectives and constraints of managing soil carbon in Europe and the UK.

The recording of this webinar, including all three presentations and the panel discussion panel, can be viewed, for free, by clicking on the button to the right.  Written answers to questions that could not be covered in the webinar will be available to download shortly.

 

Opening remarks: Honourable Penelope Wensley AC, Australia’s National Soils Advocate

Chair: Dr Debby van Rotterdam, Nutriënten Management Instituut BV, Netherlands

Overview of soil C and implications for other nutrients

Speaker: Dr Mark Farrell, CSIRO, Australia

Panellist: Prof Richard Eckard, The University of Melbourne

Principles, objectives and constraints of managing soil carbon in Europe and the UK

Speaker: Prof David Powlson, Rothamsted Research, UK

Panellist: Dr Gabriel Moinet, WUR Netherlands

BST
08.00

CET
09.00

AWST
15.00

ACST
16.30

AEST
17.00

Arable/Cropping Systems

Tuesday 10 May 2022

In this webinar the two presentations discussed the challenges, realities and limits of carbon storage within the very different arable / cropping conditions that pertain in these two parts of the world.

Chair: Dr Michael Crawford, CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for High Performance Soils, Australia

Soil Carbon in Western Australian Dryland Cropping Soils: Risks and Opportunities

Speaker: Associate Professor Frances Hoyle, Murdoch University, Australia

Panellist: Dr Susan Orgill, NSW Department of Primary Industries

Scientific and practical considerations to consider when seeking to maximise carbon sequestration within the context of commercial crop production.

Speaker: Dr Sylvain Pellerin, Research Director, INRA, France

Panellist: Dr Holger Kirchmann, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

BST
08.00

CET
09.00

AWST
15.00

ACST
16.30

AEST
17.00

Managed Grassland / Pasture

Tuesday 17 May 2022

This webinar covered the issues involved with the different grassland / pasture systems that exist in Europe and Australia, with the differing role of manure and slurry being highlighted.

Chair: John Williams, Head of Soil Science, ADAS, UK

The main focus was on the more reliable rainfall parts of Australian pasture regions with quick overview of the arid pastoral zone. What might be possible to store in a range of situations. What are the limiting factors that need to be addressed?

Speaker: Dr Warwick Badgery, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Australia

Panellist: Prof Peter Grace, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Management of manure and slurry in intensively grazed grassland to balance soil carbon and emissions / leaching objectives.

Speaker: Prof Dave Chadwick, Bangor University, UK

Panellist: Dr Katja Klumpp, INRA, France

BST
08.00

CET
09.00

AWST
15.00

ACST
16.30

AEST
17.00