Compost field research - Update from Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds have published an update on their research on soil organic matter. In 2012, they put in place £1.6M to fund a programme of soil-based research projects designed to deliver sustainable yield improvements for growers and unravel some of the mysteries of soil and crop interaction. One of these projects looks specifically at SOM and has just a year left to run.
Results so far show that adding amendments, such as compost, farmyard manure (FYM) or incorporating straw residues, does bring a yield benefit over and above the nutrient content of what you apply, and the results show that compost is the leading soil improver.
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