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Title: Carbon is the "C" that starts "C"onservation

item Reicosky, Donald

Submitted to: Meeting Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/1/2007
Publication Date: 2/1/2007
Citation: Reicosky, D.C. 2007. Carbon is the "C" that starts "C"onservation. Proceedings of the South Dakota No-Till Association. p. 17-23.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The time has come to shift our conservation concepts and programs from managing for only erosion control and move to managing for both erosion control and soil quality. The soil is the foundation of our economy and our existence. While soil erosion continues to be a major problem, we must expand our thinking to address related soil quality issues, which translates to soil carbon (C). Carbon management is required to address a complex list of issues including soil, water quality, biofuel, and climate change. The current concern about possible global change and management options elevates the importance of C management and conservation. Thus to maintain sustainability of the soil resource, we must think about soil C management and make efforts to maximize C input and minimize C loss. Today, we must place more emphasis on conservation of all natural resources and additional emphasis on C as a key component in maintaining ecosystem stability.