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

MPI funding opportunity for biochar research

Biochar gets a specific mention by MPI as a research option under “Theme 2, Carbon sink enhancement”. It looks to me like it could fit other theme criteria as well… Sustainable Land Management & Climate Change Research Programme “The Sustainable … Continue reading

Biochar captures N & P in dairy wastewater

Biochar can be used to capture essential nutrients from dairy wastewater and improve soil physico-chemical properties Abstract. “Recently, the potential for biochar use to recapture excess nutrients from dairy wastewater has been a focus of a growing number of studies. … 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

Thomas Rippel and his world of sh*t

After the previous video from Glenn, this positive biochar story is light relief. It highlights some great opportunities for NZ dairy farms to move toward sustainable farming practices. We’ve seen previously that standoff pads and herd homes are becoming important … Continue reading

Biochar & nutrient transport

¬†This looks relevant to biochar nutrient management in NZ pastoral farming. No access so can’t be sure that the nutrient focus includes N. Nutrient Transport in Soils Amended with Biochar: A transient model with two stationary phases and intraparticle diffusion … Continue reading