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Licensed Manufacturer of Ag1000™

Compost

Ag1000 Application Rates:

Compost and , Odor control.
  • 1 Gallon per ton for Green Waste
  • 1.5 -2 Gallons per ton for Manure and Odorous Materials

Bokashi

One of the most important factors to growing successfully in soils is increasing organic matter.  Compost is a great source of organic matter and a great way to recycle wastes into valuable fertilizers that improve soil, crop production, drought tolerance and protection against erosion.  Anyone can make compost.  It just takes a little time and planning and equipment.  For best results, you will want to use a compost turner and Ag1000™.

Composted manures can take months before they can be used.  Ag1000™ helps improve aerobic populations in compost, accelerating the time it takes to decompose and mature.  With Ag1000™ you can now have a ready to use product that is pathogen free in as little at 35 days!

Compost Method


By definition, compost is “the aerobic breakdown of organic materials used in commercial composting requires active turning or aeration of piles that consist of plant materials and/or manures. A typical pile is kept at about 60% moisture and turned several times per day or week to prevent temperatures from at about 145ºF(55ºC). During this time the materials will generate heat. If not monitored and turned, the materials could catch fire. Compost times vary from 10-16 weeks depending on the desired final texture of the material. By adding Ag1000™ it is possible to decrease this time to as little as 35 days.

Bokashi Method


Bokashi is a fermentation process, using the beneficial microorganisms in Ag1000™, where turning is not required after an initial mixing of the feedstock.  Materials are fermented for a period of 4 weeks. Because materials do not heat up as much as with the aerobic method, there is no worry about them combusting. The finished materials do not break down as much as compost and tend to resemble the original feedstock.

Composting vs Bokashi:


Compost is a great material to use as a mulch and to amend soils that are low in organic matter. Compost is most beneficial for its organic matter content.
Nutrient levels are generally low, perhaps 1-1-1 for NPK. Compost generally
has a higher fungal component than bokashi.

The application rates of compost and Bokashi are identical, typically in the range of 5-10 tons per acre per year per crop. If running row crops, 5 -10 tons per crop per acre would benefit production greatly. In soils that have less than 1% organic matter, application rates may be as high as 30 tons per acre.  The Bokashi Method is higher in nutrients and micro nutrients than compost.

Odor Control:



The groups of bacteria in Ag1000™ work synergistically to modify the surrounding microbial environment, encouraging the breakdown of ammonia and enhancing the efficacy of composting. The photosynthetic bacteria in Ag1000™ consume odorous organic compounds as a carbon source.

During the fermentation process much of the ammonia is converted to ammonium and amino acids as well as parts of bio-available vitamins. Pathogen and weed seed suppression is also taken care of during the fermentation. Many of the microbes in the finished product become food sources for beneficial microbes, including beneficial fungi. It is much less costly to make Bokashi than compost due to less use of fuel and labor. Another added benefit is that there is roughly a 20-25% loss in volume vs 50% loss with compost.

To Make Compost With Ag1000™

1 gallon per ton for green materials,
1.5 gallons per ton for manures and green wastes, and 2 gallons per ton for food wastes and highly odorous materials.
Follow normal composting directions, turning according to temperature rises, turning when temperatures go above 145ºF to avoid combustion of materials.
Turning will continue for 10-16 weeks. Turning will cease when the desired texture of material is achieved.
Apply at 5-30 tons per acre, depending on intensity of growing and percentage of organic matter.

To Make Bokashi With Ag1000™


1 gallon per ton for green materials,
1.5 gallons per ton for manures and green wastes, and 2 gallons per ton for food wastes and highly odorous materials.
Mix materials and add enough water to reach 30-35% moisture, mixing the Ag1000™ at the suggested rates above.
Let the materials ferment for 4 weeks.
Apply at 5-30 tons per acre, depending on intensity of growing and percentage of organic matter.





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