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Does Compost Tea Improve Pasture? Part 2

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After a thorough investigation, these farmers aren’t sold on using compost tea for pasture improvement.

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There are lots of different ways to make compost tea. Here’s one. Other methods use aerators a
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

1 Comment

  1. Frode H says:

    Interesting topic, and a well written article series!

    Is it possible that you already had the biodiversity in your soil? The conditions you create by proper management is of course crucial for encouraging the “good” soil organisms to grow and thrive, so what difference would a bit of dilluted compost really do if the little buggers was already there? But if you started out with a heavily degraded, bare and overtilled soil that hasn’t seen anything but NPK and fungicide for the last fifty years, then it surely would have done a difference, wouldn’t it ?

    Another possible explanation could be that the grazing animals have spread the bacteria and fungi to the untreated aerea during the course of your trial.

    It’s hard to come by research on this topic. Maybe Dr. Ingham would be interested in your work? I’ve heard her repeat in several lectures that its really hard to do research on these methods.

    Looking forward to your next article.

    Frode
    Norway

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