Compost

Soil and Plant Tests

Soil management and healthy plant growth is almost always made easier with the addition of organic matter. Compost used as a soil conditioner, adds a significant amount of organic matter as well as key nutrients to the soil. Read more...

Calculating Nutrients

All compost contributes nutrients to your system and it is important to account for these additional nutrients. Compost amendments not only have fertiliser benefits but can also increase soil organic matter, improve water-use efficiency and suppress disease. Read more...

Compost Characteristics

Tests that help to characterise composts can often be confusing. Understanding compost tests and characteristics can help you decide which product is right for you. Here we explain some common tests undertaken on compost products that can help you determine if a product is safe and suitable for your needs. Read more...

Compost Catchup

The Compost for Soils Recycled Organics R&D forum was recently held in Adelaide in conjunction with the Trust Organic National Composting and Organic Conference. The R&D forum is a great opportunity for compost industry members to get together with researchers, talk about the latest industry developments and hear all about new research. Read more...

Compost 101

Compost is organic matter that has been through a controlled process of natural aerobic decomposition. Good quality compost products are dark coloured with a sweet, natural earthy or 'forest-floor' smell. They are available commercially or can be made on farm. Read more...

Compost Products

A range of commercially produced compost products are available. Composts can also be made on-farm. The characteristics and potential uses of compost products will depend on a number of factors. Descriptions of compost product types are shown in Table 1 and maturity levels are shown in Table 2. Read more...

Composting Process

Composting is a complex process that takes time and good management. It usually takes at least 8-12 weeks to produce a quality composted product. Read more...

Raw Vs Composted Manure

Growers can use organic options like manure, compost and cover crops as fertilisers, to boost soil organic carbon levels or to improve soil structure. The best organic option for each grower depends on their needs and management strategies. Read more...

Biochar as Agricultural Soil Amendment

The application of biochar to agricultural soils attracted much interest as a potential tool to sequester carbon, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and to improve soil properties and agricultural productivity. Read more...

Freshcare: Using compost safely: A guide for the use of recycled organics in horticulture

Growers may be reluctant to use compost, in spite of its potential benefits, because of concerns about how it could affect the safety of the food they grow. This guide describes how fresh produce growers can use compost without affecting their food safety assurance program. Read more...

Freshcare: Safe compost for fruit and vegetables: A guide for the supply of recycled organics to fresh produce growers

Growers may be reluctant to use recycled organics, in spite of the benefits they provide, because of concerns about how the material could affect their Freshcare Certification. This guide describes how producers of recycled organics products can ensure that the composts they supply meet the requirements of food safety programs such as Freshcare. Read more...