Carbon Earth Co is Live!
Last night was fun.
Did you miss it?
John Perry and I did a video last night, and wow it was fun. He and I mesh pretty well in this format so it makes for good entertainment as well as education.
And we decided to do that because we released the Carbon Earth YouTube channel, featuring the “Welcome to Carbon Earth” video.
So updates updates updates – where are we?
We are wrapping up our final equipment procurement tests. This particular test we just ran is a unique piece of technology that has never been used in commercial fertilizer production (according to old patents).
What does it do?
Safety of workers is hugely important and if we can incorporate a piece of technology to improve their safety, it’s a big win to the end user.
Besides all the big annoucements, I wanted to talk a little bit today about soil of course. (#getyourdirtright am i right?)
Last night we touched on the root cycling effect.
I think this image represents perfectly what happens:
Atmospheric carbon dioxide is converted to carbohydrates which is sent to the roots, which develop and die.
The dead roots are subjected to decomposition through the soil microbiology and ultimately is deposited in the form of humus substances and carbon.
So Colonelk0rn asked, “how does your carbon work its way into the soil?”
And that’s a great question.
1. Density – our material is charged to be very dense
2. Sulfates – as the sulfated synthetic inputs release, the oxygen release will cause microbes to gravitate towards the surface
3. Microbe food – part of charging our biochar is filling the pore spaces with organic substances to feed soil microbiology
4. Porosity – as our fertilizer is losing its charge (density), the remaining porosity holds on to air. This travels into the soil through the movement and development of shoots and roots. The development leads to respiration, porosity, for the carbon to then work its way into the soil.
This movement doesn’t happen quickly, in fact it’s very slow.
There’s nothing incredibly fun about relying on roots to drive material deeper into the soil.
This was one of the primary reasons for incorporating the N-Ext RGS product – the over stimulation of root development will help drive the surface applied carbon deeper, faster.
After many years, though, soil organic carbon begins to stabilize:
In fact, the longer the biochar resides in the soil in the presence of roots, the less soil organic carbon mineralization occurs (conversion to CO2).
With this decrease in mineralization, and ultimately CO2 levels, it allows the biochar to remain incredibly stable as a storage house for air and nutrients, ultimately leading to increase O2 levels.
Why are CO2 & O2 levels important? This article from PACE turf explains it well.
Thanks everyone for sticking around.
I hope you learned something.
Until next time…