On-Farm Composting: Economics and Effects on Vegetable Produce Yield, Cut Flower Quality, and Soil Physical and Chemical Properties.

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2007: $5,962.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2010
Region: North Central
State: Missouri
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  • Vegetables: beets, carrots, greens (leafy), peppers, tomatoes
  • Additional Plants: flowers


  • Crop Production: cover crops, organic fertilizers
  • Education and Training: demonstration, farmer to farmer, networking, on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: agricultural finance
  • Pest Management: mulches - living, mulching - vegetative
  • Soil Management: green manures, soil analysis, organic matter, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    This project will evaluate economic advantage of using compost prepared on the grantee's farm with commercial compost and standard fertilizer. Qualitative and quantitative data collected for market garden crops will be used to assess market value. Soil analyses will be conducted pre and post test to determine changes in soil chemistry and structure.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.