Utilization of Compost Made from Agricultural and Forestry Wastes for Improving the Economic and Ecological Sustainability of Agronomic Crop Production on Low Organic Matter Soils in the San Luis Valley of Colorado

Project Overview

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2000: $137,916.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2004
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $129,676.00
Region: Western
State: Colorado
Principal Investigator:
Richard Zink
Colorado State University

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: barley, potatoes, grass (misc. perennial), hay


  • Animal Production: feed/forage
  • Crop Production: continuous cropping, nutrient cycling, organic fertilizers, application rate management, tissue analysis
  • Education and Training: technical assistance, demonstration, extension, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, budgets/cost and returns, whole farm planning
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, soil stabilization
  • Pest Management: biological control, cultural control, field monitoring/scouting, integrated pest management, weed ecology
  • Production Systems: holistic management
  • Soil Management: composting, organic matter, soil analysis, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, partnerships, community services, employment opportunities, sustainability measures
    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.