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1908 – Commercial Salt Fertilizers began to be used in the world.

102 years of fertilizer use has depleted Mineral from soils of the following Continents as percentage of depletion.

  • North America 85%
  • South America 76%
  • Africa 74%
  • Europe 72%
  • Australia 55%

This depletion has been caused by two main reasons -

  1. The extended use of Fertilizers
  2. The Farming Culture of “Maximum yield” mass farming methods.

The end result is Global Warming brought about Carbon-e pollution or by name Nitrous Oxide.

The largest manageable Carbon sink, that been Agriculture is responsible for 27% of global GHG. (Greenhouse Gases).

As soils deplete then GHG emissions accelerate in production, so then the problem of Global Warming becomes an exponential increase, to control this problem efforts should be taken to address both Soil Depletion and GHG Emissions.

To address both Soil Depletion and GHG Emissions in unison, then the website of CarbonFarm.com.au was developed, to this day it is without peers. However it is necessary to acknowledge a series of events that lead to the development of www.CarbonFarm.com.au

  • 1919 - Dr William Albrecht earned his Ph D
  • 1947 - NATA established.
  • 1951 - Brookside Laboratories established.
  • 1959 - Albrecht retires.
    The association between Albrecht and Brookside that developed the Theory of Soil Balance which lead to the Base Saturation Soil Testing – with Cation Exchange Capacity set to particular ratios.
    It is Albrecht's formula that stands today enshrined by NATA in Nutrient Advantage Laboratory Services base saturation soil testing.
  • 1983 – Philip Uebergang visited C.J.Fenzau in Boise, Idaho USA.
    On the suggestions of C.J. Fenzau's lawyer Mr Bill Williams. C.J. Fenzau constantly referred to Albrecht's work. After obtaining a copy of C.J. Fenzau book in 1983 called “Acres USA Primer” Philip began sending soil samples to Brookside Laboratories whilst putting C.J's theories into practice. It took another thirteen years for Australia to set-up its first Base Saturation Soil Test (with NATA accreditation), Our thanks to Pivot for starting this process.
  • 1996 – Pivot establishes first Base Saturation Soil Test (with NATA accreditation)
  • 2003 – HAL (horticulture Australia) published the results of a two year study involving four states (NSW,Qld, Vic and Tas) 100 sites.
    The outcome on Carbon states that “Soil Carbon critical for soil health”
    “Soil carbon was identified as the basic and most important building component for a healthy soil irrespective of soil type, region or climatic conditions”.
  • 2004 – Philip Uebergang developed – Profit / Humus Soil Classification Program.
    As written by HAL (Horticulture Australia Limited)
    “Farmers are increasingly aware that soil fertility is critical to their overall profitability. With this in mind, a new soil classification program has been developed to classify the fertility of soils from the stand point of soil life in conjunction with nutrient requirements.
    The Profit / Humus soil classification program is a self assessment tool that has been created to allow farmers to carry out soil fertility assessments themselves. The program will be of benefit to farmers who wish to assess the soil fertility attributes of a particular paddock, and gain an indication of its likely profitability, before planting.
    For a farmer, the two words 'Profit' and 'Humus' are intrinsically linked in the same way that humus and soil fertility are linked. Several research studies have demonstrated the importance soil carbon to fertility and the overall health soils. The greater the level of humus present in a soil, the greater its level of soil carbon. Increased levels of humus also increase a soils cation exchange and water holding capacities.
    The Profit / Humus soil classification program assists farmers to assess the levels of humus in, and thus fertility of, their soils. This will allow easy recognition of the most fertile paddocks each year, and over time, help indicate whether current farming practices are leading to an increase or decrease of overall soil fertility.
  • 2006 – pH Farming Soil System (the first computerized program was established)
  • 2010 – Carbon Farm (current website, a fully interactive website between Farmer and Carbon Farm.
  • 2011 – Its worth noting that as of this date Nutrient Advantage Laboratory Services with their NATA accreditation do not differentiate when receiving soil samples from soil type, region or climatic conditions.
    Its also important to note that Pivot's Laboratory cation ratios are exactly as Dr Albrecht developed them, 92 years earlier.
    Dr Albrecht may well be remembered as the founding father of understanding soil balancing, he also laid the foundations for carbon measuring, and as he would often say CEC ( cation exchange capacity) is the soils pedigree.
  • 2012 – Wudinna (South Australia) becomes pH Farming's Global Carbon Centre (GCC).

Example of Carbon Farm soil test comparison

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