We have informed our readers that, during the re-development of our Soil Carbon Module for Agrecalc Cloud, we encountered inconsistencies that may have affected a limited number of users.
We are therefore pausing the reporting of results from the soil carbon module until these issues are resolved.
The use of the module and the test results that have come out of it have only been made available to a select number of consultants, and therefore this pause will not affect the majority of our customers.
The data collected during this period will still help guide the ongoing module development, with the plan to restart it once the spring 2024 upgrade is completed.
We had initially planned to move to reporting the outputs of the soil carbon module as a traffic light system, rather than absolute values in both the current and new platform (Agrecalc Cloud).
That traffic light system had the aim to focus more on farm practices, so that users can still utilise our tool to guide their transition to better soil management.
You’re probably aware that Agrecalc works closely with our customers, partners and users during all aspects of the tool’s development. Based on feedback received, we are now taking action.
Our customers indicated a preference for numerical values. This has led to a decision to temporarily pause access to the soil carbon module, whilst further necessary changes are made, to ensure the integrity in any numerical reporting.
The updated module will better capture the impact that historical management practices have had on the soil. This will allow for more accurate estimation of today’s soil carbon storage potential.
The small percentage of users who had access to the module will notice that the only item missing from the Reports are the results. The fields for data entry will still be on the platform.
We encourage you to still enter your data, as it will enable the recalculations to happen once the upgraded soil carbon module is released.
Please note that on release of the new module in spring 2024, you will need to supply some additional input data around historical management practices.
As the science underpinning measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) advances, so will our calculator evolve to reflect those methods and practices.
We understand that more advanced soil carbon models require more precise data, which means soil testing is needed, alongside recording associated activity data and land management practices. Agrecalc Cloud will enable users to input direct measurement of soil carbon where they have correctly sampled and analysed their soils.
The UK Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has awarded £3.3 million in funding to a major on-farm trial and research project that seeks to eliminate the dependence of UK grassland farming on applied nitrogen fertilisers, with carbon footprints on the technology to be evaluated by Agrecalc.