Agricultural Composting Articles

  • Restoring Long Term Soil Health in Haiti with Organic Compost

    Last summer, we shared results from a research project that was taken on by master’s students at Cranfield University. The students compared the efficiency of SOIL’s organic compost, Konpòs Lakay, to commercial grade chemical ...


    By SOIL Haiti

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • California company closes the composting loop

    BEFORE we made our first ton of compost, we had already talked to farmers to determine what they needed in a soil amendment,” says Roger Van Der Wende, Vice President, Supermarket Division, Community Recycling & Resource Recovery, Inc. (Community) in Sun Valley, California. Considering the fastidious navigation the company has done to advance in a previously uncharted realm of resource ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Dry matter mass balance estimates for composted feedlot manure

    Accurate dry matter mass balance (DMMB) estimates are important if knowledge of nutrient component changes on a mass basis is required for manure handling practices. We compared four methods of estimating DMMB during composting of solid feedlot manure. A manure stockpiling treatment was included for comparison. A method which used carbon (C) concentration to calculate organic matter, and hence ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Evolution of humic fractions in calcimagnesic soils and brown isohumic soils amended with compost and manure

    The composting process of organic wastes consists of the bioconversion of biologically unstable wastes to stabilized products for application to soils. This study was carried out on different soils (brown isohumic soils in Sfax region in southern Tunisia and calcimagnesic soils in Korba region in northern Tunisia). The mineralization process of organic matter is more important in isohumic soils, ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Experience in improving fertiliser value of compost by enriching with urine

    Urine contains a lot of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, and could act as valuable plant fertiliser. But urine is often either flushed down a toilet or enters a pit latrine, thus being lost to agriculture and increasing surface and groundwater contamination with nitrogen. Ecological sanitation concepts are closing the loop of nutrients contained in wastewater with agriculture. Besides ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Registration Options For Compost Products

    THE American Association of Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO) is a volunteer organization of state Department of Agriculture (DOA) officials whose offices regulate the distribution and sale of fertilizer, soil amendments and liming agents in each state in the United States, its territories, as well as Canada. Over the past ten years, the U.S. Composting Council (USCC) - through its Committees ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Agricultural Use of Different Residual Waste Composts - Current Situation and Experiences in France

    ABSTRACT Quality standards have been recently established in France for sewage sludge composts and other urban composts (greenwaste, biowaste and municipal solid waste composts). These standards allow to guarantee the innocuousness of the composts. Other standards have been defined in order to predict the compost effects on soil properties: the index of biological stability (ISB), based on ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • Effects of biowaste compost on vegetative growth, Yield and fruit quality of james grieve apples

    In Lower Austria 69 agricultural composting plants are in operation in addition to municipal and commercial composting plants. The agricultural composting plants process separately collected organic household waste as contractual partners for the neighbouring municipalities. The compost produced is used to a large extent on the agricultural fields of the plants' owners. In order to improve the ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • Introduction of composted digestates in agriculture

    Municipal organic waste is increasingly recycled by aerobic composting or anaerobic digestion procedures. In 1997, 230 000 Mg organic waste were composted and used for agriculture in the region of Cologne, which is an increase by 70% compared to 1994 (Anonymous, 1999). Therefore, the effects of compost on the soil and the plants require studies on:- its nutrient contents to contribute to the ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • Regulation of nitrogen contents of Composts during composting first experimental results

    More than 3 Mio. Mg of compost were produced in Germany in 1998 (Wiemer and Kern 1998). Kitchen and garden waste from households as well as waste from landscaping and parks were used as substrates to a high extent. The composts were mainly used in landscaping, recultivation, horticulture, substrate production and in agriculture. Applied on cultivable land compost can improve the soil structure ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

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