Carbon Farming

Regional meetings Conservation Tillage: The basics

19 March 2019 - Published by Paula Nijman
Last week three knowledge meetings were organised in the Netherlands on the application of soil measures for carbon storage in agricultural soils. The theme of the meetings was no tillage. Sander Bernaerts from Natrium told what no tillage is, what it takes to implement this measure on your farm and how to get started. Participants shared their experiences and visited an arable farm that has experience with no tillage. More than 100 arable farmers showed up during these three meetings to learn about no tillage, share experiences and ask practical questions from their own situation. Carbon storage has gained a lot of attention among farmers. Roel Clement, Carbon Farming project leader at ZLTO, underlines the importance of the knowledge meetings: ‘’Last winter we held discussions with various Zeeland arable farmers. In these conversations it was repeatedly pointed out that farmers are busy with soil measures, but that their knowledge is actually very limited. We want to increase the knowledge of land users through a number of targeted meetings during the three-year project period.’’ Deputy Jo-Annes de Bat (agriculture) was present at the meeting on Tuesday and underlined the importance of the application of no-tillage for the province of Zeeland.’’'It is good to see that the fertile soil in our region also provides a breeding ground for innovation and climate solutions. The Carbon Farming project fits well with our sustainable agricultural policy, in which we focus on the factors of production of soil, water and biodiversity.’’