russell smith wrote:Anybody on here that has experience with composting on a large scale? Not you average household scale, but big enough to make compost for ACRES, up to 80 acres of farm, with 40 acres tillable.This would be a small scale commercial operation for most.
I live in a semi-arid climate, with fields that are partly a coarse sand that even wheat will not sprout in, I am looking at doing a large scale compost using a mixture of wood chips for carbon, grass clippings for nitrogen, and assorted manure from cows, horses, goats& rabbits. This ground needs intensive care even if all I do is grow hay.
R Scott wrote:You can do it if you can get the material by the semi load and have a decent loader to turn the piles, but it will be a full time job to turn the piles for a while.
Manure spreader to put the organic matter out as-is, and then make compost tea to spray everywhere as an inoculant may be more cost/time efficient. You will still be shocked at the semi loads needed to cover 40 acres with meaningful amounts organic matter.
Cover crops are definitely more cost effective.
russell smith wrote:I live in a semi-arid climate, with fields that are partly a coarse sand that even wheat will not sprout in,