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Effect of Biochar on Sweet Corn Production

Biochar is an organic amendment produced by a process called pyrolysis. Pyrolysis is the burning of biomass in a limited oxygen environment. In the recent past, agricultural use of biochar has been steadily increasing and attracting research interest. Biochar has been shown to reduce leaching of critical nutrients thereby providing greater soil availability and crop uptake. Potential use of biochar in cropping systems could include nutrient recycling, soil conditioning, and long-term carbon sequestration.

Soil and Plant Analysis lab - Iowa State University

The Iowa State University Soil and Plant Analysis Laboratory (SPAL) is part of the Department of Agronomy in the College of Agriculture at Iowa State University. We provide soil, plant, water and environmental testing services to farmers, fruit and vegetable growers, landscape managers, home gardeners, researchers, etc. in the State of Iowa and to researchers across the nation. The lab provides cost-effective analytical testing and research-based limestone and fertilizer recommendations to support sustainable management decisions.