Investigating the Effect of Banded Compost on Yield in Winter Barley

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2004: $9,298.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2004
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $10,717.00
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:
Klaas Martens
Lakeview Organic Grain


  • Agronomic: barley


  • Crop Production: cover crops, intercropping, nutrient cycling, organic fertilizers, strip tillage
  • Production Systems: general crop production
  • Soil Management: green manures, organic matter, soil analysis

    Proposal summary:

    Limitations in planting equipment, the economics of growing small grains, and limited approved organic starter fertilizer often results in small-grains crops that are planted with no banded starter fertilizer. This grant will investigate whether banding pelleted organic compost at planting will have a positive economic effect on yields of winter barley. Outreach will be through meetings, newsletters, a web-based column, and presentations.

    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.