Project Number: 1931-21000-019-27
Start Date: Sep 28, 2010
End Date: Dec 31, 2011
Both the Appalachian Fruit Research Station (AFRS) and the West Virginia State University are doing research on low productive acid (sandstone and shale based) soils. The application of biochar, digested chicken litter, or other organic and inorganic soil amendments, to acid soils has the potential to increase productivity while reducing the leaching of deleterious chemicals into the ground water. WVSU is actively engaged in research into managing natural resources and utilization of agricultural waste and thermophilic anaerobic digestion. AFRS is actively conducting research on culture of fruit trees in the Appalachian region. Steps to mitigate the negative effects of sandstone and shale based soils is beneficial to both organizations. The results of this research will lead to the development of technologies/ management practices that improve the physical, chemical, and/or biological characteristics of acid weathered soils. Knowledge developed from this project will improve our understanding of the soil physical/chemical properties that improve soil productivity. Management practices development will provide science-based guidance for agronomic beneficial and environmentally sound and sustainable use of natural resources. The net result will form the basis of improved agricultural practices that help balance economic, aesthetic, and environmental goals for resources management in Appalachia.