106: What? Bury Charcoal in the Vineyard?March 28 2022
What, bury charcoal in the vineyard? Biochar is a specialized form of charcoal made from waste woody biomass at high temperatures in the absence of oxygen. Doug Beck, Science Officer at Monterey Pacific in Monterey California, recently conducted a four-year trial to test the impacts of biochar and compost as soil amendments on wine grape growth, water use, yield, and water quality. Doug Beck has been a featured presenter at the Sustainable Ag Expo in the past, this is an excerpt from his presentation at the Sustainable Ag Expo in November 2020. This fascinating trial showed that the addition of biochar and compost to the soil improves nutrient efficiency, improves water holding capacity, and positively impacted yields.
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