We are members of AORA, which is the national voice for the organics recycling industry. AORA publishes a range of fact sheets and case studies about compost and compost use in a variety of applications, including viticulture, horticulture, vegetable production and broadacre agriculture.
This Soil Wealth fact sheet provides a fantastic summary of the latest thinking on organic soil amendments use in Australian Agriculture. This is a great starting place for understanding what an organic amendment are, how to understand their properties, and what benefits they can deliver. There is also an up-to-date list of relevant references if you want to do further research.
Like us, C-Wise understand that compost maturity is the single most important factor in understanding how a compost will perform. In this article they provide a detailed explanation of maturity, comparing the properties of mature composts, low maturity composts, manure and fertiliser.
Bob Schaffer describes why farmers benefit from using cured (mature) compost. He describes curing as the process of establishing a healthy diversity of life forms back into compost that is biologically limited by high temperatures during pasteurisation. The article also emphasises the benefits of using compost to increase the biomass of cover crops and provide more cost-effective way to build soil health.
ASM works with farmers to increase soil organic matter, measure the changes, and get financially rewarded by selling the resulting Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCU). Applying compost is one management practice that their farmers use to build soil organic matter. This case study shows that it also increases yield.
Project Drawdown is a book and a website detailing all the ways humanity can help the world reach “drawdown”—the point in the future when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline, thereby stopping catastrophic climate change—as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible. Reducing food waste and regenerative agricultural practices are two of the drawdown solutions.