Compost Application for Agricultural Use
The scientific benefits to applying engineered soils to lands used for agriculture and horticulture are well documented. The advancement of mechanization and chemical fertilizers caused many farmers to perceive soil amendments, such as high-quality engineered soil, to be unnecessary. Today, there is a growing demand to place valuable material back into the soil to reduce consumption of water and fertilizers while increasing production yield. Composting engineered soils is an aerobic biological process that converts organic waste into a stable organic product that can be used to improve land erosion and yields. Engineered soils reduce the volume of water and kills pathogens while preserving more of the nutrients for use by crops. The composted material improves soil fertility, tilth (tilled earth), and water hold capacity.
Engineered soils have been viewed as a valuable soil amendment for centuries. Compost-enriched soil can also reduce erosion and nutrient runoff, alleviate soil compaction, and help control disease and pest infestation in plants. These beneficial uses of compost can increase healthy plant production, help save money, reduce the use of chemical fertilizers, and conserve natural resources.
ETS’ concentrates on engineered soils for:
• Citrus Farmers
• Vegetable Growers
• Sugar Cane Producers
• Sod Farmers
• Nurseries and Ornamental Growers
ETS’ certified soils have demonstrated the ability to:
• Control soil erosion
• Increase water-holding capacity
• Promote soil PH and the absorption of nutrients
• Organically fight against plant pathogens
• Decrease Cation-Exchange Capacity (CEC) in sandy soils