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Compost Application

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On-Farm Methods

Other Application Options

 

On-Farm Methods

 This Chelan, WA, orchardist purchased a dedicated compost spreader for use in his high density orchards. He uses several light applications per season.

 

 Modified lime spreaders are often used to apply compost, as in this orchard replanting situation near Brewster, WA..

 

 In some cases, spreading compost by hand makes sense to maximize its placement where it is most needed and thus minimize the tons per acre.

 

Compost applied around the base of each tree has helped these apple trees growing on a sandy soil improve their growth. Orondo, WA.

 

 This vegetable producer in Washington State built his own compost spreader from existing equipment.

 

 Same as above.

 

 A spreader truck with balloon tires used to apply compost near Jerome, ID.

 

 The compost was spread at a rate of 3 tons/acre. Jerome, ID.

 

 Compost has been applied to this vineyard operation in California.

 

 The 5-10 tons of compost per acre applied to this cropland near Yakima, WA, can barely been seen.

 

 Fall application of immature compost to fields in Massachusetts.

 

 Small-scale equipment for compost application used in Vermont.

 

 Other Application Options

This micronized compost is an example of a specialized value-added compost product.

 

Using compost as stall bedding for livestock is an example of a unique application.

 

 Raw materials can be applied directly as mulch as an alternative to composting.

 

 

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October 2000