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I collect a lot of discarded produce from a nearby market, and feed the majority of it to my goats & geese.  I'm receiving a lot more corn husks which my animals are not interested in eating.  Usually I would add it to my compost system.  My question is:

The corn husks will have some amount of unknown pesticide concoctions applied by the farmer.  I don't want this to be spread around on my farm, so I'm wondering if it is worth taking the corn and composting it through my vermiculture/red composting worm farm.  Will the microbes in the compost and in the red worms' guts clean up these unwanted chemicals?

Nathan
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unlikely. just pick one spot on your farm and put all of the husks there, and no other compost (maybe build a pony wall around it) don;t waste anything else on the spot, don't even bother to turn it. In a few years plant a tree there and move on to the next spot. They stray away from things that work for decades, time will break it all down, and by keeping it all together you will keep it all out of other things.
 
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