Impact of biochar on crop yield and nitrogen

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Trial details

Researcher(s) Nadine Hollamby (Liebe Group)
Year(s) 2013
Contributor Liebe Group
Trial location(s) Buntine, WA
Impact of biochar on crop yield and nitrogen locations

To determine the impacts of biochar on crop yield,2.To compare the effectiveness of different methods of applying biochar to the soil.

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Lead research organisation N/A
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source Australian Government
Related program N/A

This project is funded by the Australian Government

Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Barley
Treatment type(s)
  • Fertiliser: Rate
  • Soil amelioration: Application
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Buntine 2013

Sow date 15 May 2013
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size 20m x 2m
Plot replication 4

40 kg/ha TSP


2 L/ha SpraySeed, 1.5 L/ha Trifluralin,100 mL/ha Dominex,


200 mLha Talstar

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Trial results Table 1

# Treatment 1
Treatment 2
Protein (%) Grain yield (t/ha)
1 0 Nitrogen 9.1 a 2.8 a
2 20 kg N/ha 9.8 b 2.9 b
3 40 kg N/ha 10.4 c 3.1 c
4 Banded Biochar 20 kg N/ha 9.9 3
5 Banded Biochar 40 kg N/ha 10.5 3.1
6 Banded Biochar nil N 9.3 2.7
7 Nil Biochar 20 kg N/ha 9.5 2.8
8 Nil Biochar nil N 9 2.7
9 Nil Biochar 40 kg N/ha 10.5 3.1
10 Spread Biochar 20 kg N/ha 9.9 2.8
11 Spread Biochar 40 kg N/ha 10.3 3.1
12 Spread Biochar nil N 9.1 2.9

Grain yield t/ha


Protein %

Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Site Depth Type pH EC P K N A OC CAT
Buntine, WA 0 - 10cm Sandy loam 5.50 0.04
Buntine, WA 10 - 30cm Sandy loam 4.60
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Buntine, WA Sandy loam
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Buntine, WA Kandosol
Soil Moisture Source: BOM/ANU
Average amount of water stored in the soil profile during the year, estimated by the OzWALD model-data fusion system.
Year Buntine WA
2013 154.3mm
2012 164.4mm
2011 156.8mm
2010 119.4mm
2009 144.3mm
2008 187.8mm
2007 156.0mm
2006 163.2mm
2005 150.1mm
2004 141.2mm
2003 146.6mm
2002 102.7mm
2001 97.9mm
2000 171.9mm
National soil grid Source: CSIRO/TERN
NOTE: National Soil Grid data is aggregated information for background information on the wider area
Actual soil values can vary significantly in a small area and the trial soil tests are the most relevant data where available

Soil properties



Buntine WA 2013

Observed climate information

Rainfall trial gsr (mm) 208mm

Derived climate information

Buntine WA


Some data on this site is sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology

SILO weather estimates sourced from
Jeffrey, S.J., Carter, J.O., Moodie, K.B. and Beswick, A.R. (2001). Using spatial interpolation to construct a comprehensive archive of Australian climate data , Environmental Modelling and Software, Vol 16/4, pp 309-330. DOI: 10.1016/S1364-8152(01)00008-1.