Dairy Compost

Written by Michael McMahon and Daniel Nowell

Dan's Gold

Soil Seed and Water, LLC manufactures Dan's Gold Compost using quality dairy manure and water, both fully tested prior to composting. The compost has relatively low C:N, which falls within a suitable range for pH and has high macronutrients, micronutrients, microbial count and has very good structure and porosity.

The primary reason for farmers to use our compost is that it improves soil health. We believe our product is superior after testing Dan’s Gold and comparing it with our competitors compost in the southwest. We sell Dan’s Gold in bulk, semi loads, totes, and 1.5 CF bags.

The Purpose of Composting

Composting is the process of creating fresh soil by converting waste items into a revitalized topsoil for the planet. There is no such thing as waste in nature; everything that dies becomes nourishment for something else.

We recycle critical nutrients back into the soil by composting Soil Seed and Water is part of the natural flow of life. Carbon Sequestration and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions can occur through a variety of agricultural practices giving farmers and ranchers options for having a positive impact on changing climate and becoming involved with the emerging carbon market.

The Compost Process

Although people often think of compost as a single compound, its composition is actually quite diverse. Compost is the result of the decomposition of animal waste, material from feedstock, and microorganisms in the soil.

It is this diverse composition that makes organic matter important, since many different products are obtained from the decomposition process. It acts as the bricks of the soil that build organic matter.

Compost is generally spread on land at a thickness of 1 to 2 inches. If it is applied at a greater rate than this, it becomes too difficult to incorporate into the soil. A major concern when applying compost to land is the presence of viable weed seeds in the compost.

Advantages of Dairy Compost

Compost improves the soil structure, porosity, and density, thus creating a better plant root environment. It also increases infiltration and permeability of heavy soils, reducing erosion and runoff.

Compost improves water holding capacity, thus reducing water loss, and leaching in sandy
soils, compost supplies a variety of macro and micronutrients, compost may control or suppress certain soil-borne plant pathogens, compost supplies significant quantities of organic matter, compost improves cation exchange capacity (CEC) of soils and growing media, thus improving their ability to hold nutrients for plant use, compost supplies beneficial microorganisms to soils and growing media, it improves and stabilizes soil pH compost Can bind and degrade specific pollutants.

The advantage of using compost as a fertilizer is that it releases nutrients slowly, under the same warm, moist soil conditions required for plant growth such that nutrient release is matched with plant uptake.