Crops and Carbon. Seasonal Carbon Cycle and High Yield Crops

November 21, 2014 4:49 PM

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With the visualization, we are now getting independent research suggesting high yield farming in the northern hemisphere is partially responsible for the increases in long-term CO2. New studies show that farming is behind 20 to 50 percent of the long-term increases in the amount of CO2 released during the growing season, and in the amount absorbed during the dormant period.

It isn’t the number of acres farmed that is increasing farming’s influence, but the sheer jump in productivity of farms. New crop breeds, fertilizer blends and better irrigation are being pointed out as increasing the amount of carbon dioxide. Productivity has been fingered as a bigger concern than ...

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