John Suavecito wrote:THis is a retort system and one of the most recommended styles to use. As you can see looking through this forum, you will see that many different systems seem to be optimal for different situations. It's not what i use, but one advantage of this one seems that you don't need to turn it off.
John Suavecito wrote:As you can see looking through this forum, you will see that many different systems seem to be optimal for different situations.
C Rogers wrote:Thanks Marco and Trace...
I personally like the TLUD method best not only for the walk away part but also because I get 18-22 tons of composted breeder house chicken manure once to twice a year and spread that with my pull type manure spreader. I was planning on adding the ash and biochar directly into the manure spreader as I spread this. My spreader when I go under 5MPH only spreads the litter 4-5 ft wide aprox. 1-2 inches thick. I have 4 ft wide beds so this is perfect for me and will raise my pH (breeder houses add limestone for grit for the chickens and oyster shell to the feed for egg production, along with the ash this should actually raise my pH to get it closer to 6.5-7 pH) the biochar added to the manure (at least I hope) will help keep the nitrogen from turning to gas and evaporating. Here in south Mississippi the temp and humidity are high so Nitrogen is turned to gas quite readily. I need to play with how much ash and biochar will be needed per load on the spreader. It holds (depending on moisture) 1/2-3/4 ton of manure. I usually put about 6-8 tons per acre. I am intensive farming BTW, thats why this isn't overkill like some may think. I have graphs showing how much ash to add to raise pH 1 point but I've never seen how much biochar to add per ton of compost etc... Any tips on that??? And am I correct in thinking this will help hold some/most of the nutrients till the plants "NEED" them, as I've heard too much biochar can actually lower your "available" nutrients and lower plant production IF NOT DONE RIGHT.
Trace Oswald wrote:
C Rogers wrote:Thanks Trace...
I've never seen how much biochar to add per ton of compost etc... Any tips on that??? And am I correct in thinking this will help hold some/most of the nutrients till the plants "NEED" them, as I've heard too much biochar can actually lower your "available" nutrients and lower plant production IF NOT DONE RIGHT.
Everything I have read says that charcoal will lower your production for possibly a year if not inoculated before being used. You are working on a much larger scale than I am. I have no idea how to make charcoal in the amounts you are going to need. Most people recommend charcoal be added at 20% or so, but more testing is in order, with some things doing well at less and some at more. Adding charcoal to your chicken bedding in large enough amounts should hold a lot of the nutrients that would otherwise be lost.
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