- Animals: bovine, sheep
- Animal Production: general animal production
- Soil Management: composting
There is a gap between the volume of compost that can be effectively turned with a tractor loader and the volume needed to justify the cost of a commercial windrow turner. Also, affordable windrow turners need a hydrostatic or creeper transmission to maintain the 10-to-20-feet-per-minute ground speed required. The farmer will develop a cost-effective turner that will use the tractor’s remote hydraulics to power hydraulic motors on the turner and achieve the desired ground speed. The prototype will be featured at a field day and on the farm web site, and plans will be put in a PDF format for wide dissemination.