Soil health, nutrient availability and carbon sequestration outcomes of management practices to advance farm profitability and sustainability

Project Details

Status: Active
Investment: $499,701
Commodity: Forage/Grassland
Organization: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Lethbridge
Investigator: Monika Gorzelak

There is a need in the industry for an accurate, cost-effective method for measuring soil organic carbon.

Why is this research important for Alberta ag?

There is a need in the industry for an accurate, cost-effective method for measuring soil organic carbon. This project will generate knowledge on whole farm system grazing management and nutrient cycling, environmental and economical forage crops for soil health utilization, understanding long term soil health mechanics with different cropping and grazing systems, minimal tillage and low inputs, soil health and carbon sequestration, and increasing organic matter content in soils.

This project will also develop digital and technology solutions to bring together machine learning, genomics and geospatial imaging to reduce production constraints and provide producers with decision making tools to enable producers to participate in the ecological good and service marketplace based on verifiable outcomes.

What benefits can producers expect from this research?

The entire agricultural sector will benefit from this project as improving soil health by re-carbonizing soils is foundational to economically viable and environmentally friendly agricultural systems. Producers need a clear understanding of how management practices impact soil quality, health, microbiome, and the availability of nutrients and water.

How will these research findings reach producers on-farm?

Findings will be shared through workshops, videos, and social media. A report will also be generated with findings. Knowledge sharing will also take place through industry conferences, research events, industry magazines, and scientific journals.

Funded in part by the Government of Canada under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.