Composts and digestates - opportunities and benefits for farmers and growers
European and UK legislation now encourages the recycling of organic wastes into composts and digestates, thereby reducing waste and carbon emissions, and saving finite resources. Compost is a valuable soil conditioner and fertiliser: it contains stable organic matter, valuable plant available nutrients including low concentrations of readily available nitrogen (RAN) and it often has a liming value. Digestate is primarily a valuable fertiliser, which contains high concentrations of RAN. An understanding of the relevant legislation and best practice guidance is essential in order to use composts and digestates safely and to best agronomic and economic effect. Key legislation and guidance is outlined in this paper.
Other Titles/Title of Conference
Crop Protection in Northern Britain - Environmental Management and Crop Protection, Dundee, UK
Journal Title/Title of Proceedings
The Dundee Conference: Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2014