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Chicken-till and occultation: No-till methods store carbon in the soil, not the air

publication date: May 1, 2018
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The modern age could very well be termed the age of carbon. We have increased the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere by more than a third since the Industrial Revolution began. A gas that keeps heat from the sun contained within the earth’s atmosphere, CO2 makes up more than three-quarters of the greenhouse gas emissions in the world. At the same time agriculture is currently experiencing a carbon crisis, with 50-70% of the world’s carbon in farmland soils off-gassed into the atmosphere due to tillage. Carbon is the single most essential element in soil fertility as it aids soil structure development, water retention, nutrient retention, and biological processes.

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