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On-Farm Composting, Field Guide to

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The Field Guide to On-Farm Composting is designed to bring practical composting information quickly and easily to the fingertips of agricultural producers and others who have an interest in composting.  Composting can be defined as a managed biological oxidation process that converts heterogeneous organic matter into a more homogeneous, fine-particled, humus-like material.  Throughout the composting process, organic matter is decomposed (first rapidly, then at a slower rate) until a stable organic mass is formed.  In nature, decomposing organic materials are being stabilized or matured on a more or less continual basis.  Compost maturity is important because it determines the usefulness of the compost as a soil amendment.

Contents:  Operations and Equipment, Raw materials and Recipe making, Process Control and Evaluation, Site considerations, Environmental management & safety, Composting livestock and poultry mortalities, Compost utilization on the farm, Appendix A: Case Study--Land Applying Composted Materials and Uncomposted Yard Trimmings on Highly Erodible Land, Appendix B: Metric Conversions. 

Mark Dougherty, NRAES, 1999, 118 p, 24 color photos, 24 illustrations, 17 tables, soft.  $20.00

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