The Grains Research and Development Corporation released a fact sheet in January 2013 titled Understanding Biochar.
The key points outlined that:
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We recently attended a biochar workshop held in Elmore Victoria, Australia. The 2 day event run by the Kyneton Transition Hub and Bendigo Sustainability Group attracted a diverse crowd with a range of experience in the production and use of biochar.
Dr Stephen Joseph and Dr Paul Taylor ran proceedings and shared their knowledge. Attendees were treated to some of the latest findings in biochar research as well as some “hands on” practical ...Continue Reading →
May was a busy month for Energy Farmers, Tom Vogan, Wayne Phillips and myself spent a week laying down our biochar trials with the grower groups we are working with. Mingenew Irwin Group (MIG), Moora Miling Pasture Improvement Group (MMPIG) and North Stirling Pallinup Natural Resources (NSPNRM) all participated in the trails which are designed to build the knowledge base of biochar in the broad ...Continue Reading →
As part of Energy Farmers Australia’s building biochar capacity project, we are looking at the options to get biochar back into the soil in Australian agricultural systems.
Biochar is hard to handle as it’s powdery so it does not spread well. It takes a lot of processing to get it into a form (granulation and pelletising) that can utilise farmers existing equipment.
While char does not spread all that ...Continue Reading →
We travelled to Dale Park’s property just south of Badgingarra in the Northen Ag Region of Western Australia (WA) on Friday the 25th to lend a hand to Dale, Paul Blackwell from DAFWA and Dave Gartner from AG Lime WA to lay down the West Midlands Group’s first biochar trial under the Northern Agriculutral Catchments Council (NACC) Sustainable Farming grant.
This trial is looking at annual pasture response with an application of 2 different biochar with and without lime. The group also ...Continue Reading →
The International Biochar Initiative (IBI) have released their final DRAFT biochar guidelines for biochar production. These guidelines provide a standardized definition of biochar and biochar characteristics related to the use of biochar as a soil amendment.
They will serve as the basis for IBI certification programs, and are intended for use and adaptation to local conditions and regulations by any nation or region.
These guidelines support not only baseline safety considerations but also the evolving understanding of the positive ...Continue Reading →