Soil Amendments Articles

  • How to Compost Pig Manure into Organic Fertiliser

    In general, a 200lb pig would produce about 13lb manure per day. Pig manure contains plentiful essential nutrition ingredients like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium for plant growth, which can promote healthy growth and increase the yield of grain crop. Even though pig manure is a commendable raw material of organic fertilizer, lots of pig manures carry E.coli, salmonella, parasitic worms and a ...

  • 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

  • New York Times: Can Dirt Save the Earth?

    “To prevent carbon from causing misery and destruction, perhaps we just need to change its location. Perhaps we can find a way to pull it from the air and restore it to the earth,” writes the New York Times in a new article that features the research of SOIL’s longtime collaborator, Dr. ...


    By SOIL Haiti

  • 2014 Soyabean Trial - Case Study

    Results of studies carried out under growth room conditions indicated that Hibrix soil amendment can provide significant increases in the growth of wheat, soybean and canola.?In the summer of 2013, a field trial was conducted using soybeans as the indicator crop to test the effectiveness of Hibrix soil amendment for increasing plant growth and productivity under field conditions. The trial was ...


    By NW Solutions

  • Landscape trees benefit from potassium-based superabsorbent polymer-amended backfill soil

    Weiner (1975) put it aptly when he stated that “However rewarding the act of tree planting may be, watching a young tree slowly die can be spiritually defeating.” Landscape plants, noted Richard Harris (1983) in his well-known “Arboriculture” book, “probably suffer more from moisture-related problems than from any other cause.” The success of tree planting ...

  • Salinization/sodification of soil and physiological dynamics of sunflower irrigated with saline–sodic water amending by potassium and farm yard manure

    Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) plants were grown with saline–sodic water (SSW) by treating with potassium (K @ 100 and 200 mg K2O kg−1 soil) and farm yard manure (FYM @ 5 and 10% of soil, w/w). Irrigation with untreated SSW caused soil salinization/sodification, leading to an increase in electrical conductivity (EC) of 165% and sodium adsorption ratio (SAR) 100% with ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Worms & Black Castings for an Abundance of Healthy Crops

    Earthworms are more than just good fishing buddies, they naturally incorporate organic material into the soil, increasing the amount of microbes, improving the health of the soil, and increasing plant productivity. Both worms and black castings from worms provide your garden or farm with a nutrient rich and robust environment, able to ...


    By Vermitechnology Unlimited

  • Compost Use By State DOTs

    Research project collects and analyzes compost use data for three state Departments of Transportation: California, Texas and Washington. Use of compost by state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) for highway construction, erosion and pollution control, and vegetation establishment has dramatically increased since the early 2000s. A recent research project studied compost use by state ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Unlocking the potential of poultry manure

    The poultry industry is one of the largest and fastest-growing agro-based industries in the world. At the same time, the growth brings along a number of environmental problems. One of the major environmental problems is the accumulation of large amounts of wastes, e.g. manure. In order to mitigate these problems new economically sustainable technologies are needed. Manure has often been ...


    By Ductor Corp.

  • Composting Roundup

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Ninja Food Scraps Collection Service Compost Ninja, an Iowa-based organics collection business founded by Aaron Hanson, started service on November 1, 2015. The Compost Ninja provides customers a 5-gallon bucket, which are set out weekly. The business currently has 39 residential and small business accounts in Iowa County, Linn County and Johnson County, Iowa. Each ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Biochar impact on physiological and biochemical attributes of Spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.) in nickel contaminated soil

    Disastrous effect of nickel on spinach was discussed by number of authors but the effect of amendments like biochar with nickel on Spinacea oleraceaL. is not still discussed by any author of the world because biochar was used as soil amendments which play a vital role in reducing mobilization and uptake of nickel by spinach plants.  As nickel contaminated plants are very harmful for ...


    By GJESM Journal

  • Reduced mobility of fomesafen through enhanced adsorption in biochar‐amended soil

    The residual soil material resulting from biomass thermochemical transformation during carbon separation, known as biochar, has been introduced as a soil amendment because of its numerous environmental benefits, including uses for contaminated land management. Adsorption and leaching of fomesafen in soils amended with 3 different rates of rice hull biochar (0.5%, 1%, and 2% w/w) under ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • The County council in Val de Marne, France install a second Big Hanna composter in Valenton

    The County council in Val de Marne located south east of Paris, continue to implement their policy of sustainable development and management of food waste by installing a second Big Hanna modell T120 to convert the organic food waste from the canteen at the county technical department in Valenton. ...


    By Susteco AB

  • Banana leaf and glucose mineralization and soil organic matter in microhabitats of banana plantations under long‐term pesticide use

    Soil organic matter (SOM) and microbial activity are key components of soil quality and sustainability. In tropical humid tropics of Costa Rica three pesticide regimes were studied: fungicide (low input); fungicide and herbicide (medium input); and fungicide, herbicide and nematicide (high input), under continuous banana cultivation for 5 (young) or 20 (old) years, in three microhabitats: ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Fate of flame retardants and the antimicrobial agent triclosan in planted and unplanted biosolid‐amended soils

    A comprehensive understanding of the fate of contaminant‐laden biosolids is needed to fully evaluate the environmental impacts of biosolids land application. This study examined the fate of several flame retardants and triclosan in biosolid‐amended soil in a 90‐day greenhouse experiment. Objectives included evaluating the persistence of these compounds in soil, their phytoaccumulation ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Ordinances To Amend Soils Boost Compost Demand

    Municipalities everywhere are realizing that some of the environmental issues they are grappling with locally may be mitigated by healthier soils. In the late 1990s, when Puget Sound Chinook salmon was listed as threatened, Washington State officials scrambled to find ways to improve water quality in the Puget Sound and protect spawning streams. They identified a number of methods to reduce ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Wastes as fertilizer – Is this a way to lower food costs?

    Researchers in the UK think they may have found a way to produce fertilizers that should cut farmers’ costs and at the same time boost some types of renewable energy. Their scheme, which involves using waste material from anaerobic digesters and ash from burnt biomass, would also cut fossil fuel use and save natural resources. ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Forging Paths For New York City’s Community Composters

    The Lower East Side Ecology Center based in lower Manhattan has been at the forefront of recycling and composting in New York City since the mid-1980s, starting with recycling services and then segueing into composting. As part of BioCycle’s series on community composting in New York City, we interviewed the organization’s cofounder and executive director, Christine Datz-Romero, to ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Rosendal`s Garden chose Big Hanna for composting their organic food waste

    The Rosendal's Garden is located on Djurgården, an island in the city centre of Stockholm, Sweden. It's a public garden with a café, greenhouses, plant shop, function hall and educational activities.  ...


    By Susteco AB

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