Putting out urea this spring?
Why do you need compost with inorganic nitrogen sources such as urea?
Carbon and organic matter in the compost delivers energy to the soil biology and carries more available nutrients for the plants in your paddocks.
Spreading urea without a carbon source means a percentage of the nitrogen is used by the plant, but a large percentage is lost either into the atmosphere or run off into waterways depending on the rain and weather conditions.
The advantage of putting out the compost with urea is you are putting out carbon which can grab onto and hold the nitrogen in the soil profile.
Ultimately, this means you can reduce spring nitrogen application because you are improving nitrogen efficiency by adding compost.
Here you’ll find some useful compost videos as a guide to improving soil health and productivity on your farm. Applying compost is just one step in the biological farming process. Grazing management, low or no-till farming systems, cover crops and balanced fertiliser/compost blends are all part of a successful soil health program.
We have a revolutionary compost calculator developed by our director Tony Evans. Watch the video to find out more:
In this first of our mini-series videos, Camperdown Compost director Tony Evans discusses how compost can improve the health and productivity of your soil.
To make the ideal compost blend, Camperdown Compost uses local resources such as wood chips, which is an ideal carbon source.
Many farmers want their fertiliser programs to contain high levels of Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium. In this video, Tony Evans discusses why chicken manure is an ideal additive to compost to boost the N, P, K levels in your compost blend.
Compost is a fantastic way to put carbon back into the soil to improve soil health and increase biological activity. Ploughing, harrowing and ripping the soil allows that carbon to escape and dry out the soil creating an imbalance in the soil structure. In this video, Tony gives some great tips on maintaining productive crops and retaining carbon in the soil.
Through many years of conducting soil tests across Victoria’s South West, we have seen that the soils in our region are consistently low in available sulphur and calcium.
Heavy soils respond to an application of sulphur to help “tie up” excess magnesium and make more calcium available.
Composted gypsum is designed to add both nutrients and organic carbon to the soil.
To find out more about composted gypsum, click on our composted gypsum fact sheet.
We also regularly created composted lime blends.
By mixing the lime and compost together and allowing to sit for a period of time, we can make the calcium more available and tie it up with the biology and organic matter in the compost.
Lime is normally applied at 2.5tonnes/ha however, this can be reduced significantly if applied in a compost form. This reduces your input costs and allows your fertiliser program to work more effectively and efficiently. To read more about the benefits of composted lime, click on our composted lime fact sheet.