Are you looking for a cost-effective way to take highly accurate soil samples and measure your soil organic carbon and how it varies over time?
With a Wintex 2000 hydraulic soil sampler and hi-tech GPS equipment mounted on a Polaris Ranger ATV, SWFC’s new and innovative soil sampling service is a cost-effective way to determine the ongoing impacts of your land management on soil carbon and soil health. We can quickly and easily take highly accurate, repeatable soil samples at the same point in each field using GPS—with the ability to rapidly take two separate samples at different specified depths up to 60cm!
A modern, cost-effective alternative to highly variable and time-consuming ‘traditional’ soil testing methods, this new service is fully compliant with the new United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) protocol for the measurement, monitoring, reporting and verification of soil organic carbon in agricultural landscapes, which specifies that sampling must be done at least every four years—and ideally every two years.
Precision application of inputs
SWFC’s new and innovative soil sampling service finally gives farmers the hard data so necessary for effective medium- to long-term planning by accurately identifying variability within fields—not just field to field. This enables the precision application of synthetic inputs and FYM, for example, or the targeting of areas of low organic matter with more intensive livestock grazing.
Wintex 2000 hydraulic soil sampler and hi-tech GPS equipment mounted on a Polaris Ranger ATV
Soil sampling plus
Soil sampling data is also compatible with — and immediately transferable to — all nationally recognised toolkits, including the popular Farm Carbon Toolkit, and will significantly increase the accuracy of whole farm carbon footprint results. We can also combine our Soil Scanning service with soil sampling for a detailed overview of your farm. Our precision GPS samples can be used to update scanning maps and demonstrate changes over time.
The accurate measurement and management of soil organic carbon present new opportunities for farmers and landowners to engage in the commercial carbon offsetting market, where a current lack of cheap, reliable and accurate measurements relating to the individual farm situation presents a significant barrier to entry — particularly as many carbon credit schemes only review changes to soil carbon, rather than recognising current and previous good practice whereby carbon is already stored in the soil. (Click here to read the Farmers Weekly discussion article, Will soil carbon be the next big crop for growers? 3/6/2021)
The unit takes a GPS-identified soil sample at two depths, allowing exact and repeatable soil testing
Finally, as we move away from BPS payments, Defra is seeking to reform the current farm payments scheme by offering payment for public goods under the new Environmental Land Management system. As a result, every farm in the country will soon need to prove they are providing good environmental management and natural capital. At the same time, we know that multinationals are putting increasing pressure on suppliers to prove their activities are helping to mitigate climate change. In this context, the ability for farmers and landowners to provide reliable and compelling data about the carbon footprint of land—along with other key soil health factors—will become increasingly important.
The new Environmental Land Management system will aim to offer land-based businesses the opportunity of a meaningful income stream from delivering environmental benefits.” — Defra, 2019
For more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch: call for a no-obligation chat on 01503 220002 or send us a message via our Contact Page.
South West Farm Consultants Ltd. has received funding from the Agritech Cornwall Innovation Grant Scheme, funded from the ERDF as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2021 to support the development of the Soil Sampling for Soil Health project and the purchase of an automatic soil sampling set-up.