Manure Composting Articles

  • Removal of 2-methylisoborneol from aqueous solution by cattle manure compost (CMC) derived activated carbons

    The objective of this study is the synthesis of activated carbon derived from cattle manure compost (CMC) causing environmental problems using zinc chloride (ZnCl2) activation and to examine the suitability and performance of the prepared activated carbon (PAC) in removing 2-methylisoborneol (2-MIB) from aqueous solution. The influence of ZnCl2/CMC ratios and outgassing from the PACs on ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 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

  • Can nutrient trading shrink the Gulf of Mexico`s dead zone?

    The Gulf of Mexico has the largest dead zone in the United States and the second-largest in the world. Dead zones form when excessive amounts of nitrogen and phosphorous wash into waterways and spur algal blooms, depleting the water of oxygen and killing fish, shrimp, and other marine life. The Gulf of Mexico dead zone can ...

  • Burn ban spawns a composting facility

    Situated on the leeward side of Washington’s Cascade Mountains, Kittitas County has a relatively small population of 39,000 and a correspondingly small amount of green waste collected on an annual basis. When faced with a decision to make about its green waste, the county’s Solid Waste Department bucked tradition by replacing a contract grinding service with the purchase of an ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • 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

  • Composting In rural Alaska

    Gardeners, communities and commercial enterprises have proven that composting works in Alaska, especially given large quantities of fish waste and diminishing landfill capacity. ALASKA is two and a half times larger than the largest state in the lower 48 states. Over half of the entire state’s population lives within the municipality of Anchorage. Many Alaskan villages can only be reached ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Building a Business with Nutrient Management

    Laurelbrook Farm is a third-generation dairy farm in East Cannan, Connecticut. The Jacquier family owns 275 acres, and rents an additional 2,500 acres for cropping, to support a herd of 830 cows. The family began composting three years ago as part of the farm’s nutrient management plan, as well as to determine the market for compost in the area. “In 2003 the Environmental Protection ...

  • Manure Compost A New Cash Crop

    A growing number of livestock producers are discovering manure compost as a new cash crop. When Mark Meyer refers to the “magic” at New Day Farms, he isn’t referring  to  the  liquid  egg  products  generated  by more than 2.5 million laying hens. Rather, Meyer, the environmental manager  at the Ohio facility, is talking about the ...

  • Agrior Project, Chaudière-Appalaches, Quebec, Canada

    Compost Drying Application Agrior makes high value organic fertilizers by composting a mixture of animal manure and organic municipal and industrial wastewater treatment sludge. A DRY-REX low-temperature drying system was designed and installed at Agrior’s facility to dry the mixture into high-quality compost. The low-temperature process results in the drying of the manure with minimal ...

  • Characterization of selected nutrients and bacteria from anaerobic swine manure lagoons on sow, nursery, and finisher farms in the Mid-South USA

    Received for publication October 31, 2008. Swine (Sus scrofa domestica) production in the Mid-South USA comprises sow, nursery, and finisher farms. A 2007 packing plant closure started a regional shift from finisher to sow and nursery farms. Changes in manure stored in lagoons and land-applied as fertilizer were expected but were unknown because nutrient and bacterial levels had not been ...

  • Dairy manure compost quality effects on corn silage and soil properties

    Soil nutrients in dairy manure composts vary depending on the original manure or other additives, with consequent effects on crop production. An experiment addressing the effects of single applications of dairy compost of high quality (HQC) or low quality (LQC) at the incorporation rates of 0, 45, and 90 Mg ha-1 on corn (Zea mays L.) silage yields, forage quality, and soil nutrients was conducted ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Zoos, farms, companies converting manure to compost, biofuel

    Dan Corum calls himself “the doctor of doo,” the “minister of muck” and the “number one of number two.” Even though he enjoys making fun of his role as compost/recycling coordinator at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, he — and others involved in using manure for compost or biofuel — are deadly serious about their efforts. Composting of manure from ...

  • Potential pollutants from farm, food and yard waste composts at differing ages: Part I. physical and chemical properties

    There is little information about the changes in physical and chemical properties of compost as a function of compost feedstocks and age of the compost mixture. As a consequence of this gap, the potential of compost to serve as a pollutant source relative to compost age (from initial mixing of raw feedstocks to mature compost) and feedstocks (i.e. % of food, manure, bedding, leaves, etc.) during ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Zonejection: Conservation tillage manure nutrient delivery system

    Manure application in minimum till (MT) systems is a challenge worthy of attention because residue cover is a keystone for environmental protection. To develop a system combining zone tillage and manure application into one operation (zonejection), two experiments were conducted. In Exp. 1, liquid swine manure (LSM) was applied in fall or spring for two site years (A, B). In Exp. 2, LSM was ...

  • Evaluation of compost for use as a soil amendment in corn and soybean production

    The purpose of this research project was to 1) evaluate rate of compost application and 2) to compare compost with uncomposted raw material and inorganic fertilizer N application upon maize and soybean growth and productivity, and upon soil characteristics. During the first three years of the study, the source of uncomposted material and compost was food waste and ground newsprint. During years 4 ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Short-term effects of hazelnut husk compost and organic amendment applications on clay loam soil

    The experiment was carried on a clay loam soil to examine the short-term effects of hazelnut husk compost (HHC) and organic amendments on selected soil physical properties between 2001 and 2003. The amendments were only applied in 2001. The experimental design was replicated five times as a randomized complete block with four organic amendments: HHC, peat, farmyard manure (FM), chicken manure ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Use of manure, compost, and cover crops to supplant crop residue carbon in corn stover removed cropping systems

    The emerging cellulosic-based ethanol industry will likely use corn (Zea mays L.) stover as a feedstock source. Growers wishing to maintain, or increase soil C levels for agronomic and environmental benefit will need to use C amendments such as manure, compost, or cover crops, to replace C removed with the corn stover. The objective of this research was to determine the effect of cover crops, ...

  • Dairy manure compost effects on corn silage production and soil properties

    Accumulation of dairy manure compost has created a need to identify alternative uses for this plant nutrient source. This field study determined compost effects on corn (Zea mays L.) silage production, nutritive value, and soil characteristics for three growing seasons following incorporation of dairy manure compost at 0, 35, 70, and 105 Mg dry matter (DM) ha–1. Yields from subplots receiving ...

  • 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

  • Compost Science & Utilization Current research June 2007

    CROP RESPONSE Growth and transpiration of tomato seedlings grown in hazelnut husk compost under water stress Investigator: Damla Bender Ozenc, Ordu University, Department of Soil Science, Ordu, Turkey Objectives: To determine effects of composted hazelnut husk (CHH) on tomato seedlings grown under water stress conditions. Seven media were prepared using CHH mixed, in different ratios, with native ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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