Title

Estimated soil organic carbon change due to agricultural land management modifications in a semiarid cereal-growing region in Central Spain

Publication Date

2009

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Maintaining or increasing soil organic carbon (SOC) in agricultural lands is important for soil productivity, restoration and could potentially be a factor in reducing carbon emissions. In order to implement best practices for maintaining productivity and increasing SOC, there is a need for understanding how management changes may alter SOC levels. This applied study presents a methodology to assess and predict SOC levels to better understand effects modification to land management can have in semiarid central Spain. Results show extensification using longer-term pasture rotations (e.g. 5-year) could increase SOC levels and have an impact on soil restoration important in maintaining productivity. SOC increases brought about by new management may also have a role in contribution to national carbon emission reduction plans.

Original Citation

Boellstorff D.L. (2009). Estimated soil organic carbon change due to agricultural land management modifications in a semiarid cereal-growing region in Central Spain. Journal of Arid Environments, 73(3), 389-392. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2008.09.025