Sorry for anyone who is following me, I have had a bit of a lull in updates recently. I feel that I am not staying relevant with the current trend of politics with the furlough fridays issue. I stay in somewhat of a rural area and I have recently moved to a new farm.
Well I wanted to write that I have been exposed to biochar and using it in organic agriculture. What is biochar? Biochar is a fine-grained charcoal high in organic carbon and largely resistant to decomposition. It is produced from pyrolysis (heating with no oxygen) of plant and waste feedstocks. What are the benefits of biochar? In addition to offsetting carbon.
* Enhanced plant growth
* Suppressed methane emission
* Reduced nitrous oxide emission (estimate 50%) (see 5.10 below)
* Reduced fertilizer requirement (estimate 10%)
* Reduced leaching of nutrients
* Stored carbon in a long term stable sink
* Reduces soil acidity: raises soil pH (see 5.01 below)
* Reduces aluminum toxicity
* Increased soil aggregation due to increased fungal hyphae
* Improved soil water handling characteristics
* Increased soil levels of available Ca, Mg, P, and K
* Increased soil microbial respiration
* Increased soil microbial biomass
* Stimulated symbiotic nitrogen fixation in legumes
* Increased arbuscular mycorrhyzal fungi
* Increased cation exchange capacity
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