The Promise of Biochar
Dr. Raymond Bayan ....
Organic carbon improves soil water-holding capacity. A 1% increase in organic matter results in 20,000 gallons more water stored per acre. So when my soil jumps from under 2% to 6% carbon, my soil can store thousands more gallons of water.
Gabe Brown, Regenerative Ranching
your soil battery
optimum plant growth
maximum crop vitality
improve livestock health
Below 2% organic matter,
soil stores less than an inch of rain.
One acre of low carbon soil (2% or less)
has 20-40,000 pounds of organic matter
(10-20,000 pounds of actual carbon)
and absorbs one acre-inch of water or less
-- 226,000 lbs. of water.
1 acre = 2 million pounds in 6 inches of soil
One acre of soil with 5% organic matter
has 100,000 pounds of organic matter
—about 50,000 pounds of carbon.
Over 3% Organic Matter & healthy humus conversion,
soil stores over 1 inch of rainfall for each 1% OM.
One acre of dry, high carbon soil (5%)
can absorb & store 5 acre-inches or more
-- 1,132,000 pounds of water.
A difference of 905,000 pounds of water
absorbed & stored by high versus low carbon soil
—almost one million pounds per acre.
Diversity is King
with rotations, cover crops & microbes
Gabe Brown, Bismarck, North Dakota