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Research Project: Multi-Objective Optimization of a Profitable and Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture to Produce Food and Fiber in a Changing Climate

Location: Forage Seed and Cereal Research

Title: Development of a Pacific Northwest Biochar Atlas: Translating biochar study results into usable grower information

Author
item Trippe, Kristin
item Phillips, Claire

Submitted to: Crops and Soils
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/18/2018
Publication Date: 8/2/2018
Citation: Trippe, K.M., Phillips, C.L. 2018. Development of a Pacific Northwest Biochar Atlas: Translating biochar study results into usable grower information. Crops and Soils. 51(4):24-27.

Interpretive Summary: Biochar-based amendments have received widespread attention in both the academic and the popular press. Despite this attention, almost no generalizable recommendations have emerged regarding amendment rates, techniques, or expected agronomic outcomes. This article explores a set of decision support tools to supply soil scientists, growers, and other enthusiasts with information to predict how a specific biochar could interact with specific soils to improve soil health, and ultimately improve crop yields.

Technical Abstract: Biochar-based amendments have received widespread attention in both the academic and the popular press. Despite this attention, almost no generalizable recommendations have emerged regarding amendment rates, techniques, or expected agronomic outcomes. This article explores a set of decision support tools to supply soil scientists, growers, and other enthusiasts with information to predict how a specific biochar could interact with specific soils to improve soil health, and ultimately improve crop yields.