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Carbon Footprint & Sequestration using Cover Crops

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Cover crop workshop, Oct 21st2009Bradford FarmMaeteePatana-Anake*, TimReinbott#and Bill Jacoby**Biological Engineering#Bradford Farm Research and ExtensionMizzou
Review Carbon Footprint & Sequestration using Winter Cover Crops
Terminologies – Carbon footprint & sequestrationFactor of carbon footprintCover crop selection & performance comparisonPractices in cultivationSummary
Carbon Footprintthe total set of carbon dioxide emission∆Carbon Footprint =Net Carbon Emission – Net Carbon StorageCarbon SequestrationStorage of CO2 into other form of CCover crop: CO2  Biomass
Cover crops selection&Performance comparison
Winter Cover Crop Selection
Rye (SecalecerealeL.)Provideorganic matter (Biomass)Weed reductionHairy Vetch (ViciavillosaRoth)ProvideNitrogenReference :Reinbottet al. 2004
Cover Crop Management
Applying different mix of cover crop (% by weight)No cover cropRye only (R100)Rye and Vetch(R74V26)Vetch only (V100)No tillage practice & fertilizer appliedLevel of C and N are not significantly influenced by tillage practiceReferenceZotarelliet al 2009. ,Sainjuet al. 2006
Result – Sweet Corn yield (1)
Cover crop showing less performance as increasing of Nitrogen fertilizerN is mainly contributed by Hairy VetchN contribution is range between 35 and 75 kg/haResult fromZotarelliet al. 2009
Result – Corn yield (2)
Result – Cover crop biomass yield
C is mainly contributed by RyeC contribution from cover crop ranging from 0.4 to 2.3 Mg/haC is estimate 37% of biomass yield (above ground and below ground)ReferenceSainjuet al. 2005
Result – C from Biomass
Result –Carbon Sequestration (1)
Net carbon sequestration =[the total gross organic C input] – [the organic C loss in erosion]Approximately 30% is contributed to the atmosphere25 -30 % is contributed to cultivation in first 2 to 5 yearsAssumptionLand have low in soil organic carbonCover crops are repeatedly planting each year with sweet cornReferenceGaiseret al. 2009, Ingram &Fernandes2000,Ruffo&Bollero2003
Result – Carbon Output
Outputs from planting cover cropNote: Emission of C in production of nitrogen fertilizer is estimated at 0.8575 kg C/kgReference Ingram &Fernandes2000,Sainjuet al. 2005, West &Marland2002
Practices in cultivation
Net Carbon in Cultivation
Carbon Inputs from practice in cover crop cultivationNo tillageNo irrigationPlanting (~5 gallon diesel/ha for drilling)Seed production (total 108 kg/ha)
Result – Carbon Input
Inputs from practice in cover crop cultivationNote: Planting assume to use 5 gallon/haUsing 108 kg seed/haReferenceZoterlliet al. 2009, West &Marland2002
Summary – Net Carbon Footprint
Net carbon footprint of planting Rye and Hairy vetch comparing with sweet corn yield
Thank you!
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