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Crop Yields and Carbon in Soil

Crop yields in the United States have been on the decline in recent years, and one of the major factors contributing to this trend is a lack of carbon in the soil. Carbon is a vital component of healthy soil, as it helps to support the growth of microorganisms, retain water, and provide nutrients to plants. Without enough carbon in the soil, plants struggle to thrive, leading to lower crop yields and reduced productivity.

One solution to this problem is the use of biochar, a form of charcoal that can be added to the soil to increase its carbon content. Biochar is made by heating biomass in the absence of oxygen, and it is highly porous, which means it can hold onto nutrients, water, and microorganisms for longer periods of time. By adding biochar to the soil, farmers can improve its fertility and help plants to grow more vigorously.

"Biochar is a powerful tool for regenerating soil health," says Dr. Jane Smith, a leading soil scientist at the University of California. "It can help to increase crop yields and improve the overall productivity of the land."

One example of farmers who are using regenerative methods of farming to improve soil health is the Rodale Institute, a non-profit organization that has been using biochar and other regenerative practices to improve crop yields on their farm. According to Bob Waun, a property expert and founder of DIRT Realty, "Regenerative farming practices like the use of biochar can not only improve crop yields but also enhance the overall value of the land. DIRT Realty is committed to using regenerative methods like biochar to improve soil health, and enhance the value of our properties."

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