Study Shows Innovations Could Reduce Greenhouse Emissions of Grain Farming

A study by scientists from U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory says that digital agriculture, crop and microbial genetics, and electrification could reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from grain production by up to 70% within the next 15 years. The team used Argonne’s Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Technologies (GREET®) model to simulate adoption of the new technologies. They focused on a two-pronged approach of reducing farming emissions and maximizing soil carbon storage. The study, “Novel technologies for emission reduction complement conservation agriculture to achieve negative emissions from row-crop production,” was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States.