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Research Project: IMPACTS OF BIOCHAR AMENDMENTS ON SPECIALTY CROP PRODUCTION

Location: Soil and Water Management Research

Project Number: 3640-12130-006-01
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Dec 01, 2010
End Date: Nov 30, 2012

Objective:
To determine the potential benefit to specialty crop production (lettuce and sweet corn) from the use of biochar amendments as well as the potential uptake of volatiles from the biochar by the specialty crops.

Approach:
This research will involve a combination of laboratory and field research as well as on-farm collaborations with specialty crop producers both in Minnesota and Illinois to examine the impact of biochar additions on specialty crop production. There currently is no guidance in terms of biochar use on specialty crops and therefore is critical research, particularly to the organic producers.

Last Modified: 10/1/2014
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