- 2017 (226)
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- 2012 (39)
“If you till 10 per cent or more of your field, that field won’t be eligible to receive carbon offsets for the year that you tilled,” says Paul Jungnitsch, greenhouse gas offset agrologist, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “It will not affect fields that you have not tilled. You will be eligible again in the following year if you continue to direct seed.”
According to the Conservation Cropping Protocol, discretionary tillage operations of up to 10 per cent of that field (excluding sloughs, waterways, buildings, and forested areas) may be worked to address field specific management issues, such as ruts caused by wet field conditions or fire breaks. All tillage must be documented and the area estimated with this information disclosed in project documentation.
“When you do your reporting, be aware that your field may be subjected to an audit. If reported incorrectly, it can affect your carbon offsets as well as those of other farms as they have to be aggregated together into a project.”
Burning a field will not disqualify the field, unless the fire break 10 per cent or more of the workable acres.
“Keep in mind that carbon offsets are currently paying around $0.75 to $1.50/acre depending on your location,” says Jungnitsch. “You won’t want to reduce the size of your fire break just to earn carbon offsets. If your fire becomes out of control, the costs can be extensive. If your fire break is 10 per cent or over, report it. You will not be able to claim that field for that year, but will be eligible the following year if you continue to direct seed.”
The new vertical tillage units have caused some confusion. Because there are so many variations when it comes to equipment and settings within the units themselves, vertical tillage is usually treated as a regular tillage unit. Jungnitsch recommends checking with the aggregation company to make sure that is what they are doing.
“Tools such as the Alberta Soil Information Viewer can help estimate the area that was tilled. You can click on your field and use the measuring function to determine your area.”
The information contained in this article is the interpretation of AF. Offset projects must comply with the most recent quantification protocols and program requirements published by Alberta Environment and Parks, who manage Alberta’s carbon offset system. For more information contact the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276).
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