Brief overview of biochar by 2010 student intern Seth Stallings
In any livestock enterprise, start from the ground up: know the soil.
For general farm planning, use the NRCS online soil surveys.
To find out:
- pH (acidity)
- mineral nutrient content
- organic matter content
take a soil sample and have it analyzed.
For broader measures of soil health, including physical (structure, slaking) and biological (earthworms, respiration) indicators, see NRCS’ soil health assessment pages.