On-farm compost solutions
Welcome to the future of soil management. We have a range of on-farm compost solutions to help you get the balance back in your soil and manage your on-farm waste.
Camperdown Compost has been providing on-farm composting programs for:
- mixed farming
for more than 15 years.
Over this time, our research has shown the benefits of using our biological soil solutions including improved overall animal health, higher quality yields through improved soil structure, reduced input costs, disease and pest reduction.
This is because we are adding diversity in biology and out-competing pathogen organisms. In addition, we are releasing tied-up nutrient which leads to healthier plants.
Our research over the past 15 years has shown us that most agricultural soils are depleted in biological life, both in diversity and numbers.
The main problem with depleted numbers and species of biology, apart from a reduction in productivity, is in the area of disease control. Research has shown that adequate numbers of beneficial biology can suppress disease causing organisms. Some of the methods of achieving this are:
- Use exudates to reduce food supply for pathogens
- Production of anti-bodies, inhibitory compounds and toxins to prevent pathogen growth
- Occupy infection sites on plant surfaces so pathogens cannot bridge cell walls and infect the cell
In fact, adequate beneficial biology is probably the only long term, sustainable method of disease suppression in soils. The use of fungicides are the only short term fix, leaving a sterile environment, ripe for re-infection.
We begin with a soil test to determine what is lacking and what is required. This gives a benchmark to start from. We are aiming to reduce reliance on chemical fertilisers and unlock the nutrients in the soil to stimulate root growth and disease protection. This creates a good environment for stubble and other trash to break down. The organic matter then becomes nutrient for the following season’s crop.
Why use compost?
- To protect against pathogens
- To retain nutrients in the soil, so they don’t leach from the root zone
- To cycle nutrients into plant available forms
- To improve uptake of soil or foliar nutrients
- To break down pollutants in the soil, on and above ground surfaces or around the roots
Contact us () or phone 03 5593 3737 now for an on-farm assessment to see what we can to do improve the health of your soil.
Sandy soil is a common problem in south west Victoria, listen to Camperdown Compost director Tony Evans explain how applying compost to sandy soils can improve soil structure and productivity.