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Author(s):Horwath, William R.; Elliott, Lloyd F.; Churchill, Donald B.
Author Affiliation:USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Corvallis, Oregon
Title:Mechanisms regulating composting of high carbon to nitrogen ratio grass straw
Source:Compost Science & Utilization. Vol. 3, No. 3, Summer 1995, p. 22-30.
# of Pages:9
Publishing Information:Emmaus, PA: JG Press
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Composts; Carbon to nitrogen ratio; Straw; Animal manures
Abstract/Contents:"Utilization of high C:N ratio farm residues is difficult because of its low value and bulk. Composting is an ideal method for upgrading the residue, however, it was not thought possible without co-composting to lower the C to N ratio to 30 to 1 or lower. We have successfully composted grass straw with a C:N of 50 to 1 using existing farm machinery and normal precipitation (115cm y⁻1 and occurs primarily between October and June). After turning and densification in the field, composting conditions were achieved with the rapid growth of thermophilic microorganisms. During laboratory incubations of the grass straw, bacteria ranged from 10⁸ - 10^D]
Note:"This paper was presented at the Symposium on the Biogeochemistry of Compost held in August, 1994 as part of the 36th Rocky Mountain Conference."
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Horwath, W. R., L. F. Elliott, and D. B. Churchill. 1995. Mechanisms regulating composting of high carbon to nitrogen ratio grass straw. Compost Sci. Util. 3(3):p. 22-30.
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