Methane & biochar

Interest in methane is bubbling up all over the pace right now… New research explores how wetlands and agriculture could be causing a global rise in methane And MPI have just released an RFP for more animal methane studies. NZ$350K … Continue reading

Biochar results on organic farms

Locally produced wood biochar increases nutrient retention in agricultural soils of the San Juan Islands, WA, USA Si Gao A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science University of Washington 2016 Abstract:¬†“Biochar … Continue reading

Waikato water quality workshops

Here is an opportunity to wave the biochar flag in the Waikato… http://www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/Council/Policy-and-plans/Plans-under-development/Healthy-Rivers—Plan-for-Change/Events/Community-workshops-/ Note that we have missed the 1st two meetings but 3 more to go… Thu, 05Nov – Hamilton Tue, 10Nov – Otorohanga Wed, 11Nov – Reporoa Please … Continue reading

Biochar in the dairy system

Strategic positioning down on the dairy¬†farm https://keithwoodford.wordpress.com/2015/06/27/strategic-positioning-down-on-the-dairy-farm/ Prof. Keith Woodford has posed pertinent questions here about NZ dairying and Don Graves has provided provided some insight into the biochar possibilities that remain unexplored in NZ. We are hoping to change … Continue reading

New Oz research on biochar-N cycling

Biochar-induced concomitant decrease in ammonia volatilization and increase in nitrogen use efficiency by wheat Abstract Ammonia (NH3) volatilization is a major nitrogen (N) loss from the soil, especially under tropical conditions, NH3 volatilization results in low N use efficiency by … Continue reading

SANTFA broad acre research on biochar

Thanks to Barry Batchelor for identifying this story on research under way by the South Australia No-Till Farmers Association. Note the much lower application rates that may better reflect the economics of biochar utilisation in broad acre applications. http://www.theland.com.au/news/agriculture/cropping/general-news/biochar-creates-options/2663817.aspx?storypage=0 … Continue reading