Right photo is one of many ripening full ears of corn. Photo sent to me July 8.
Wish I had more photos to fully reveal remarkable growth occurring in JR's corn above ground.
But photo below is roots bursting out where stalk meets soil. A dense mat of white roots & fungal mycelium, highlighted by black bits of biochar, is sucking up pre-tillage and seed starter nutrients.
Strong, dense roots feed fast-ripening ears on still growing stalks. Small lateral roots cluster round a stalk, but deep feeder roots also pierce subsoil to mine minerals & exude Green Carbon, to nurse a Soil Food Web & sequester carbon deep in soil.
JR's fields go "undercover" with cover crops!
These corn plants get all they need for optimum growth, vigor & health from the carbon, mineral, microbe & biostimulant mix tilled in JR's seeding strips. Imagine his soil and crops, after 3 years of crisscrossing tillage strips in this no-till field.
Biochar is a key ingredient. It isn't fertilizer or nutrient source. Its Carbon-Carbon bonds aren't broken by common chemistry, weathering, decay, or microbe digestion. Biochar is inert ingredient to provide places for substances & microbes to assemble in operational order -- a catalytic substrate to bring molecules & organisms in functional proximity and optimum activity.