Introducing CharTerra

Newsletter No. 19 – Hello and Welcome to CharTerra!

We are eager to tell you about our changes, but more importantly, we want to know more about you and how we can help you, the serious biochar advocate, gardener, farmer or specialty biochar user.

In order to serve you better, CharTerra is focusing on premium biochars and larger product sizes, as this will be more economical for you the serious biochar user. Rob Lavoie, the founder of AirTerra is our Marketing Advisor, and he has a wealth of knowledge to share through our website and enquiries. My new role as President will include responding directly to your requests for products and biochar consulting needs. We are working with our suppliers and will soon be able to provide you with biochars for your 2023 spring planting needs.

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Biochar as an Ingredient for Animal Bedding prior to Composting

SoilMatrix Newsletter No. 18

The beneficial properties of biochar are greatly enhanced when amended into waste biomass such as manure and other agricultural or urban organic materials before being composted. The result is a compost that is teaming with beneficial microbes and charged with “controlled-release and stabilized” plant available nutrients.

In our very first newsletter (2017), we introduced the healthy plant-soil triangular relationships as described in this diagram.

Figure 1.   Plant Roots, Nutrients, Moisture, Microbiology, and Soil matrix Triangular Relationship

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The Wisdom of Agricultural Co-Composting of Biochar and Animal Manure

SoilMatrix Newsletter No. 17

The Wisdom of Agricultural Co-Composting of Biochar and Animal Manure

Cattle Feeding and Over Wintering

The topic of co-composting animal manures with biochar has risen in importance since about 2010 with the publication of an increasing number of research papers on this topic, including an astounding research discovery at the Canadian Light Source facility in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  This research demonstrated the way in which organic materials physically coat the surfaces of biochar particles over a period of time during co-composting of biomass with biochar 2.

Land application of compost is an age-old agricultural method of returning nutrients to soils.  However, compost additions to soils can result in substantial emissions of greenhouse gas, especially N2O, which needs to be controlled during making and using compost containing high N-loads, such as chicken manure.  Some farmers in some countries are now pursuing the option of adding granulated biochar to animal bedding for the co-benefits of improving animal health and enhancing the eventual composting value of this material.  The eventual applications of co-composted biochar-manure mixtures is demonstrating benefits for soils and plants.

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