Compost Publications

62 Publications

Washington State Compost Educator’s Guide

Wescott, H., A. Bary, C. Cogger, C. Sullivan. 2009. This guide provides science-based information on residential composting and vermicomposting for use in Washington and assists compost educators with training events and outreach. Project was supported by the Washington State Department of Ecology and US EPA-Region 10.

Sierra Heights Vermicomposter Project

Organic Waste to Resources Research and Pilot Project Report. Sierra Heights Elementary, September 2009. Ecology Publication 09-07-066. A vermicompost bin was set up at the school. The project developed and put into practice a set of lessons (available at the link in the document) for teaching about food waste and composting.

Proceedings of the Department of Ecology’s Beyond Waste Workshop (2009)

A special workshop planned by CSANR and hosted by the Department of Ecology Waste 2 Resources Division to feature state-funded research projects relating to the topics of recovering energy and resources (including soil amendments) from organic wastes.

Characterization of compost tea microbial communities, and their effects on seed borne Xanthomonas campestris pv campestris

Crosby, C. 2008. M.S. Thesis. Hard copy available through WSU library system.

On-Farm Composting of Large Animal Mortalities

Price, C. and L. Carpenter-Boggs. WSU Extension Bulletin EB2021E. 2008. Composting can be a safe and effective method for disposing of on-farm mortalities when the correct procedures are followed and the system is managed well. This bulletin provides the necessary information for large animal producers in Washington State to start and maintain a safe and effective on-farm mortality composting system.

Greenhouse Gas Balance for Composting Operations

Brown, S., Kruger, C.E., & Subler, S. (2008). J Environ Qual 37:1396-1410. The greenhouse gas (GHG) impact of composting a range of potential feedstocks was evaluated through a review of the existing literature with a focus on methane (CH4) avoidance by composting and GHG emissions during composting.

Compost Research and Extension for Biologically Intensive and Organic Agriculture

Poster presentation – BIOAg Research Symposium 2008.

Antibiotics in Animal Manure – Implications to Sustainable Agriculture

Poster presentation – BIOAg Research Symposium 2008.

Compost teas as potential biocontrol agents for control of Xanthomonas campestris

Poster presentation – BIOAg Research Symposium 2008.

The Myth of Compost Tea, Episode III: Aerobically-brewed compost tea suppresses disease

Chalker-Scott, L. 2006. WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center. This column is the latest follow-up to the 2001 Fact Sheet and 2003 review on the effects of aerated compost (ACT) on disease suppression. The article included unpublished results from university researchers from Cornell, Penn State, Rutgers and Michigan State Universities.

Estimating Plant-Available Nitrogen Release from Manures, Composts, and Specialty Products

Gale, E., D. Sullivan, C. Cogger, A. Bary, D. Hemphill and E. Myhre. 2006. J. Environ. Qual. 35:2321-2332.

Potential compost benefits for restoration of soils disturbed by urban development

Cogger, C. 2005. Compost Sci. Utiliz. 13:243-251.

Diving into Compost Tea

Carpenter-Boggs, L. 2005. Biocycle 46:61-62.

WSDA Compost Sampling Study Shows Clopyralid Ban is Working – December 2004

Article in Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter

On-farm Composting for Residue Management and Soil Quality Improvement – September 2004

Article in Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter

Compost Tea and Food Safety

Bary, A. and D. Granatstein. 2003. This article discusses the increasing interest in use of compost teas for food production and potential food safety risks.

Dairy Waste Composting

Myers Collins, K., R. Shumway and Q. Liu. May, 2003. WSU Extension Bulletin EB1947B. This bulletin discusses on-farm manure and straw bedding composting methods, costs, benefits and economics of composting, and marketing of compost. Additional information on this topic can be found in Extension Bulletins EB1947E and EB1948E.

The Art and Science of Composting: A resource for farmers and compost producers

Cooperband, L. March, 2002. University of WI – Madison.

Development of plant bioassay to detect herbicide contamination of compost at or below practical analytical detection limits

Fauci, M., D. Bezdicek, D. Caldwell, and R. Finch. 2002. Bull Environ Contam and Toxicol. 68 (1):79-85.

Herbicide in Compost

This broadcast discusses aspects of compost contamination by persistent herbicides, such as picloram and clopyralid, which became an issue in 2000. Also discusses subsequent herbicide label and use rule changes. Featured guests: Dave Bezdicek and Mary Fauci from the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and Dan Caldwell, compost manager for WSU. Posted via RealPlayer. Also available via Windows Media.

Effects of compost, coal ash, and straw amendments on restoring the quality of eroded Palouse soil

Cox, D., D. Bezdicek, M. Fauci. 2001. Biol Fertil Soils 33:365–372.

Persistent herbicides in compost

Bezdicek, D., M. Fauci, D. Caldwell, R. Finch, and J. Lang. 2001. Biocycle. 42 (7):25-30.

Composting of Poultry Offal Demonstration Project

Bary, A., C. Miles and K. Gilbert. 2001. Report of a demonstration project conducted at Middle Farm, Lopez Island. The project objectives were to develop a successful composting process using poultry offal produced on the farm and to produce finished compost that is environmentally sound, economically feasible and returns nutrients to the farm.

Effects of Biodynamic Preparations on Compost Development.

Carpenter-Boggs, L., J. Reganold, A. Kennedy. 2000. Biol. Agric. Hortic. 17:313-328. The study showed that additions of herbal biodynamic preparations to compost piles resulted in consistently higher pile temperature during active composting, and higher nitrate levels and lower dehydrogenase:carbon dioxide release in mature compost samples, compared to the control.

Organic and Biodynamic Management: Effects on Soil Biology

Carpenter-Boggs, L., A.C. Kennedy, J.P. Reganold. 2000. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 64:1651-1659.

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