WIT Press


Dryland Crop Production And Greenhouse Gas Emissions In Canada: A Regional Comparison

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/FENV110031

Volume

152

Pages

12

Page Range

25 - 36

Published

2011

Size

375 kb

Author(s)

S. Kulshreshtha, J. Dyer & B. McConkey

Abstract

Agricultural production systems produce several environmental impacts, including emissions of greenhouse gases. The objective of this paper is to investigate differences in greenhouse gas emissions from various crops grown under dryland production system in various regions of Canada. Results indicate that the emissions intensity varies depending upon the measure adopted – whether it is on per unit of area or production. In addition there is wide variability across regions of production. In the Prairie region, the greenhouse gas emissions intensity on a per hectare basis ranged from 378 kg for Alfalfa in Alberta to 1,837 kg for durum wheat in Saskatchewan. Generally, central Canada emits the highest GHG level on a per hectare basis but not on a tonne of production basis. Keywords: crop production, greenhouse gas emissions, emission intensity, dryland production systems. 1 Introduction 1.1 Background Greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction has been accepted by most countries as an important activity in helping to safeguard against future climate change. With this in mind, the international community has initiated measures to curb the rising trend in GHG emissions, and in fact, reduce them to a point where these

Keywords

crop production, greenhouse gas emissions, emission intensity, dryland production systems