In the first year, how much nitrogen is available to my land from the compost?
Compost is an organic fertilizer and soil conditioner. The Nitrogen present in our compost 2.2% (22kg per tonne) becomes available to plants over a period of time as it releases. It is estimated that approximately 20% to 30% is available in your soil in year one. Independent Field Trials currently being carried out will provide accurate data for this.
After applying compost, when should I see a response in my crop/pasture?
- Compost applied at a minimum of 10 tonnes per hectare tpasture commonly shows a visible response within 2-3 weeks, depending on rainfall and irrigation levels.
- During the growing season, plant health can be observed.
- The response tcrop application can be measured at harvest time
- Generally, forage crops = increased dry matter; Cereal crops = increased yield.
How do I get the compost on to my land?
Freight - By bulk carrier, generally using Truck and Trailer units. These units carry and deliver maximum weights [approximately 28 tonnes] ex Living Earth Bromley yard in Christchurch or Puketutu Island in Auckland. For quotes contact Living Earth Sales in Auckland (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Christchurch (email@example.com).
On farm compost application by Spreader:
- Purpose built spreading machines, designed for spreading organic material.
- Farm Hire machinery - Hire and drive your own tractor maybe required.
- Fertiliser spreading contractors - Lime spreader, muck spreaders.
At what rates do I apply compost to my land?
- 10 to 30 tonnes per hectare is the recommended rate.
- For pasture and cereal crop application a minimum 10 tonnes per hectare is recommended
- For brassicas and some cereal crop application15 to 20 tonnes per hectare is recommended
- For horticultural production and specialised application 20 tonnes plus can be applied
What are the main benefits of using compost on my light soil?
Living Earth Compost is a nutrient adding soil conditioner and is certified organic.
Living Earth Compost improves the water holding capacity of soils. Plants are more drought tolerant, responding earlier in the spring and having greater drought tolerance going into Autumn. This saves on the use of irrigation water and reduces fertiliser lost through leaching and run-off.
Depleted soils are improved with the addition of organic matter which will improve soil health.
An increase in crop yields and pasture dry matter production.
Living Earth compost will increase the microbial activity and the diversity of beneficial organisms in your soil.
Nutrient holding capacity (CEC) is increased.
Contact your Living Earth Consultant to discuss the potential benefits for your property. A site visit can be arranged to discuss Herbage and Soil tests.