Composting leaflet – agroecological approach at your farm

Get started with on-farm composting

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Problem
At both stockless and mixed farms, on-farm composting helps close the nutrient cycle, increases soil fertility and avoids the spreading of weeds and pathogens.
Solution
The leaflet offers basic information and real-life examples about on-farm composting
Description
This leaflet will help organic farmers to overcome barriers and get started with on-farm composting. With minimal additional work, vegetable and arable farmers can upgrade crop residues to compost. Compost application can be integrated in the crop rotation and combined with reduced tillage. Also on livestock farms composting can offer added value. Composted manure is more stable, because the decomposition process has already partly taken place. By mixing other materials in the manure, the N/P ratio in the compost can be adjusted. Moreover, composting kills off the pathogens in manure. This leaflet gives an overview of the characteristics of good quality compost and the different steps of making compost. It provides an update of recent compost research in Flanders (Belgium) and examples of real farmers. There is also a section about the legal requirements of making and using compost in Flanders.
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Theme
Soil quality and fertility, Nutrient management
Languages
Dutch language


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