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A new arable network is bringing farmers together to help the sector meet the industry’s target of achieving Net Zero carbon emissions by 2040. Network aims to tackle arable carbon footprint

A new arable network is bringing farmers together to help the sector meet the industry’s target of achieving Net Zero carbon emissions by 2040.

Launched last month, the YEN Zero network was initiated by ADAS. It involves the entire food supply chain – from food and drink manufacturers and supermarkets to fertiliser companies and growers.

Calculating carbon

Arable crop production  contributes to farm greenhouse gas emissions primarily through the use of artificial nitrogen fertilisers and cultivation choices.

Currently, there is no standard for measuring emissions in crop production. This makes it difficult for those further up the supply chain to quantify the agricultural contribution to their total emissions.  

ADAS head of agronomics Daniel Kindred says: “We are really excited to have such strong support from organisations across the supply chain to bring our YEN approach to tackling carbon emissions.

“By working together, we can develop a shared understanding of the issues, and share ideas and experience of ‘what works’ for the industry’s journey towards Net Zero.”

YEN Zero will undertake the analysis and benchmarking of combinable crop carbon footprints on a field-by-field basis  with the near-future aspiration of growing this to carbon accounting on a whole-farm scale. 

Benchmarking crop emissions will enable fair and easy comparisons to be made among farms, fields and crops. From there, it will be possible to see what agronomic practices drive these emissions – and which mitigation strategies work best.

A series of ADAS-hosted workshops will help YEN Zero members gain and share knowledge about issues such as soil carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas mitigation and ways to calculatecarbon footprints for their crops.

ADAS says successful strategies will then be shared with other network members. Researchers will also work directly with growers and their supporters to help optimise their production with reduced inputs.

For more details on becoming a YEN Zero member, email christina.baxter@adas.co.uk

For more on arable farming, read “Be clever about post-harvest cultivations“.