Deliverable 5.2 Overview of socio-economic influences on crop and soil management systems

Ingram, Julie ORCID: 0000-0003-0712-4789 and Mills, Jane ORCID: 0000-0003-3835-3058 (2014) Deliverable 5.2 Overview of socio-economic influences on crop and soil management systems. Project Report. Smartsoil.

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This report examines results from Stakeholder Workshops, specifically looking at: • Typical cropping systems and rotations and the associated risks to soil carbon and implementation of soil carbon management practices • The barriers and the opportunities to implementation of cost effective soil carbon management practices (win-win) One workshop was conducted in each of six case study regions across Europe: Zealand, Denmark; Central Region, Hungary; Tuscany Region, Italy; Mazovia (Mazowieckie Voivodeship), Poland; East Coast, Scotland; and Andalucía, Spain. Participants included: agricultural advisors (from public extension and commercial services), farmer representatives, leading farmers and policy makers. These workshops follow a preliminary consultation involving interviews undertaken in 2013 and will be followed by a further set of Stakeholder Workshops in 2015. Each activity builds on analysis from the last and the results are fed back to other project WPs in an iterative process which is the core of the SmartSOIL methodology. Five sets of management practices: planting catch (cover) crops, crop rotations, residue management, reduced tillage operations, and fertilizer and manure management provided the basis for discussion in the workshops. They were previously identified as having the potential to increase soil carbon stocks and are referred to ‘soil carbon management practices’. Preliminary analysis of the cost effectiveness of the soil carbon management practices was undertaken in each case study to provide an assessment of the methods that offer SOC most cost-effectively (win-win practices). This was done using Marginal Abatement Cost Curve (MACC) methodology. MACC figures were presented to participants in the workshops to frame the discussion around barriers and opportunities for implementation of win-win practices.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S589.75 Agriculture and the environment
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S589.7 Agricultural ecology (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S900 Conservation of natural resources including land conservation
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Eloise Fresnay
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2016 14:32
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 21:38

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