IAS Laboratories launches CarbonCheck service
IAS Laboratories has launched CarbonCheck, a comprehensive soil carbon testing service for farmers and their advisors across Ireland. This service will help Irish farmers and growers measure, monitor, and benchmark their soil health and carbon levels to accurately assess progress on their carbon journey.
‘The Irish government is encouraging farmers to put soil carbon, soil health, and fertility at the centre of the country’s agriculture,’ said Eoin O’Brien, Head of Sales at IAS. ‘Ireland has committed to a 51% reduction in emissions by the end of this decade. As land acts as a huge carbon sink, the agricultural industry is key in meeting this goal, and innovative services like CarbonCheck help guide future farming activities and carbon sequestration. Ultimately, by measuring soil carbon we are helping farmers work sustainably and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere whilst improving soil health to help maintain and increase yields.’
CarbonCheck was developed last year by IAS’ sister business, NRM, and is now the industry standard for soil carbon analysis. It measures organic matter, inorganic carbon, C:N ratio, bulk density, organic carbon, total nitrogen, and total carbon as part of a comprehensive suite. These results combine to present carbon stock and organic carbon in tonnes per hectare. CarbonCheck Plus also includes active carbon for those aiming to improve soil health.
‘In the UK, over 12,000 samples have been analysed with CarbonCheck. Irish farmers have the same opportunity to benchmark their carbon levels,’ continued Eoin. ‘There has been a lot of interest in soil and carbon analysis over the last few months, as it can really benefit farming businesses and the environment. It will also provide insightful data, helping to improve soil health in Ireland overall. We are recommending that growers benchmark their fields now, and then test again next year to monitor their progress.’
CarbonCheck results are presented in an easy-to-understand format and are straightforward to interpret. IAS provides farmers and growers with advice on interpreting their results, as well as the next steps to take to mitigate the impact of their activities, improve soil health, and potentially enter lucrative carbon markets.
‘The teams at both IAS and NRM have worked incredibly hard over the last few months to ensure that this important service is available to Irish farmers,’ said Sean Stevenson, Divisional Managing Director for Cawood Agriculture. ‘CarbonCheck is the first and most comprehensive soil carbon testing service available to these farmers, cementing our position as the UK and Ireland’s largest provider of agronomic analytical services. We are proud to be leading the way in supporting the agricultural industry in the UK and Ireland as well as the sustainable future of farming and a safer, healthier planet.’
For more details on our CarbonCheck service, www.iaslabs.ie/agriculture-testing/ias-carbon-check or Contact us 059 9721022.