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Dr PAUL BLACKWELL TRIALS
Preliminary trial results in Western Australia show a low rate of banded biochar applied with an intermediate level of starter fertiliser may be sufficient to increase wheat yields on sandy soils by 10 per cent or more.
Dr Paul Blackwell, of the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA), says adding a small amount of biochar (about one tonne per hectare at a paddock rate) appears to improve the efficiency of starter
Early trials in Western Australia were based on cereal production in the wheatbelt regions. More recently, academic research and farmer investigations have included biochar being used as a livestock feed additive, incorporated in compost, applied to horticulture and tree crops, to create slow-release fertilisers and in aquaculture to use as a filter improving water quality and as a substrate for the growth of marron’s microbiological diet.
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