Agricultural Composting Articles

  • Physical Contaminant Testing Of Composts

    Changes are in progress in multiple countries on weight-based limits for physical contaminants in composts. The net effect may be higher quality compost products. Maintaining and improving compost product quality is vitally important for ensuring continued confidence in organic waste recycling industries around the world. One quality criterion of particular interest from the general ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Composting Roundup

    Johnson City, Tennessee: School Teacher Launches Composting Site Joe Hoffman, a high school science teacher, recently opened Hoffman Composting, located on the outskirts of Johnson City. The site is fully permitted by the State of Tennessee to accept food waste. Hoffman’s background is in sustainable agriculture, having received a degree in Agronomy-International Agriculture and ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Priming of prosopis cineraria (L.) druce and acacia tortilis (forssk) seeds with fulvic acid extracted from compost to improve germination and seedlin

    Composting of waste plant materials and its use in agriculture and landscape sites is an environmental friendly way of reducing waste material and conserving the environment. In this perspectives a survey has been performed at the Dubai based International Center for Biosaline Agriculture to compost the plants based waste material (lawn cuttings-grass) to compost. The material was inoculated with ...


    By GJESM Journal

  • “Soil Health” And Compost

    In my quest to better understand how compost improves the chemical, physical and biological attributes of soil, I came across a training course created by the Rodale Institute, with support from the Northeast Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program called “An Introduction to Soil Health.” The course emphasized that if we can improve the overall quality of ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • State Of Composting In The U.S.

    The benefits of composting are well documented. Compost is a valuable soil conditioner. It adds needed organic matter, sequesters carbon, improves plant growth, conserves water, reduces reliance on chemical pesticides and fertilizers, and helps prevent nutrient runoff and erosion. Composting also reduces the volume of materials that might otherwise be disposed in landfills or trash incinerators, ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • The organic farm and restaurant `O Fogar do Santiso` in Spain is composting on-site with Big Hanna composter

    'O Fogar do Santiso' is an organic farm and restaurant located approximately 15 km south from Santiago de Compostela in the Galicia region in northern Spain. In the autumn of 2013 a Big Hanna composter model T240 was installed to compost the organic waste on-site.  ...


    By Susteco AB

  • Evaluation of composting performance of mixtures of chicken blood and maize stover in Harare, Zimbabwe

    Background: Chicken processing results in the production of a lot of blood which if disposed on land poses environmental hazards in terms of land pollution. The aim of the study was to develop an aerobic composting process for chicken blood to produce a nitrogen-rich soil amendment for use in agriculture. The study involved composting of blood and maize stover of different proportions (10%, 30%, ...

  • Composting Feedlot Manure

    Situated in the Texas panhandle is an area known as the Rolling Plains ecological region, a topography consisting primarily of open-range pasture and cropland. Approximately one-third of the Rolling Plains region is dedicated to production agriculture, where huge fields of wheat, cotton and sorghum extend into the distance for as far as the eye can see. The remaining area is native grassland, ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Effect of five municipal waste derived composts on a cereal crop

    Agricultural soils were amended with five mixed feedstock (four source segregated and one mechanical biological treatment) municipal waste derived composts to investigate the effect on a cereal crop over two years. Composts were applied at two rates to contain either 250 or 500 kg nitrogen ha-1 and compared to a control which received no fertilizer. In year one, three of the composts increased ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Marketing waste mixed compost

    Marketing of compost has come a long way over the past 15 to 20 years. Today the word “compost” is an almost everyday household term and the use of compost is now a preferred way to garden. With the ever-increasing product awareness of the benefits of compost, it has become easier for compost manufacturers and marketers to sell their products. At least this is the case for those companies that ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Editorial - Slam Dunks For Compost

    ISSUE deadlines dictate life in our office. This time around, I just couldn’t stop myself from learning more about the subject matter of the article I was writing. As a result, the entire issue was prepared, and there were three pages left for one of the most exciting articles I have worked on — converting brownfields and vacant lots into highly productive farms and gardens in neighborhoods that ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Composting of vegetable waste in subtropical climates

    This experiment examined the possibility of using composting as a method of waste disposal in subtropical countries, such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where temperatures are high and humidity is low. In order to simulate conditions in the UAE, a representative mixture of wastes generated in the UAE was prepared and tested at ambient temperatures resembling those of subtropical countries. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Composting of biodegradable organic wastes for sustainable agriculture

    Investigators: M.A. Ali Khan, Manoj Kumar, Kavita Kashyap, Ruby Rani, Sanjay Yada, Priti Kaushik Siraohi Environmental Science Lab. Dept. of Botany, Simbhaoli, Ghaziabad, India Objectives: To recycle, reduce and reuse hazardous distillery spent wash (DSW). Pressmud cake (PMC) fly ash, Eicchornia/Azolla/trash/litter and DSW inoculated with Trichoderma viride were observed for temperature based ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Compost, manure and synthetic fertilizer influences crop yields, soil properties, nitrate leaching and crop nutrient content

    From 1993 to 2001, a maize-vegetable-wheat rotation was compared using either 1) composts, 2) manure, or 3) synthetic fertilizer for nitrogen nutrient input. From 1993 to1998, red clover (Trifolium pratense L.) and crimson clover (Trifolium incarnatum L.) were used as an annual winter legume cover crop prior to maize production. From 1999 to 2001, hairy vetch (Vicia villosa Roth.) served as the ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Cover-all building ideal for composting process

    Hy-Line International is a multi-million dollar company whose primary purpose is the sole production, multiplication and distribution of leghorn genetics.  At its Iowa facility in Dallas Center, Hy-Line chose to handle its hatchery by-product in a cost effective manner by combining it with field by-products, such as corn stocks and chicken manure, to create a compost product for ...


  • Building state’s compost markets

    Several research projects now under way have the potential to significantly expand the compost market in California. Californians generate 93 million tons of solid waste annually. The Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 (AB 939) established the CIWMB and gave it the responsibility to oversee, manage and track all of this material. Expanding the opportunities for composting organic materials ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Selected antimicrobial resistance during composting of manure from cattle administered sub-therapeutic antimicrobials

    Received for publication December 10, 2007. Composting is being increasingly employed for the recycling of nutrients in manure from the livestock industry. However, composting manure from animals fed antimicrobials has not been well characterized. In this study, compost windrows were prepared using manure collected from cattle (Bos Taurus L.) fed tylosin (TY), chlortetracycline-sulphamethazine ...

  • Compost layering effects on poultry litter leaching: A column study

    Incorporation of poultry litter (PL) into the nutrient management strategy of crop producers in Southwestern British Columbia is an important end-use for this agricultural waste product. Environmental and ecological concerns associated with leaching of nutrients by over-winter field storage of PL need to be addressed. To mitigate some of these concerns, some farmers store the manure on a base pad ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Attitudes of farmers toward sludge use in the Gaza Strip

    The local production of organic fertiliser in the Gaza Strip is 66,800 m³/year, which represents only 8.5% of the required quantities. This means that farmers have to import 728,000 m³ of organic fertiliser per year, which costs around 10.2 Mio US$. The social survey carried out for more than 300 farmers in the Gaza Strip shows that the scarcity of organic fertilisers and their high prices could ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Logistics of composting urban yard trimmings

    GROVER Landscape Services, Inc. operates several composting facilities in northern California. Its site in Vernalis receives yard trimmings and food waste from various communities around the San Francisco Bay area, between 70 and 100 miles to the east. These include the City of Berkeley, portions of Alameda County, City of San Francisco, City of Livermore and others. Materials also arrive from ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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