Compost Utilization in Horticultural Cropping Systems / Edition 1

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Overview

With the increased interest in and demands for compost from commercial horticultural industries, composting is on the verge of becoming an economically feasible option for waste management. While horticultural producers can create some of the compost to meet their own needs, demand has grown beyond what they can supply for themselves and others. Compost Utilization in Horticultural Cropping Systems gives you the tools to meet the needs of this growing industry.
Consider these statistics:
  • Americans generate about 200 million megagrams of municipal solid waste per year
  • The agricultural market for compost could reach over 680 million m3 per year
  • Two horticultural areas together account for over 50% of compost use: landscaping (31%) and food crop production (25%)
    Now consider this:
  • Proven benefits of compost use, including plant disease suppression, better moisture retention, supplying plant nutrients, and building soil organic matter
  • Increased pressure on peat supplies and wider availability of compost products
  • Creation of composting enterprises by the horticultural industry in response to its own needs, rising disposal fees for organic waste, and consumer demand for compost at retail centers
    The first book to establish a composite of the existing scientific knowledge on the use of compost in commercial horticultural enterprises, Compost Utilization in Horticultural Cropping Systems gives you a comprehensive review of the production, use, and economics of compost. It covers production methods, compost quality and the parameters associated with its measurement, and the biological, chemical, and physical processes that occur during composting. Rather than searching for information in various places, now you can find all the information you need in one convenient source.
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Containing 18 contributions by mostly university-based soil scientists, agronomists, agricultural researchers, resource economists, and many others, this volume provides a thorough review of the use of compost in horticultural cropping systems, as well as of commercial compost production systems; the biological, chemical, and physical processes that occur during composting; and the attributes and parameters associated with measuring compost quality. Also includes a compilation of scientific information on compost utilization in vegetable, fruit, ornamental, nursery, and turf crop production systems; information on compost use in landscape management and vegetable transplant production; reviews of compost uses, such as soil-borne plant pathogen suppression, biological weed control, and plant nutrient availability; and discussion of the economic implications of compost utilization in horticultural cropping systems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566704601
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/31/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Compost Production Methods, Chemical and Biological Processes, and Quality
The Composting Industry in the United States: Past, Present, and Future, N. Goldstein
Biological, Chemical, and Physical Processes of Composting, M. Day and K. Shaw
Commercial Compost Production Systems, R. Rynk and T.L. Richard
Compost Quality: Attributes, Measurements, and Variability, D.M. Sullivan and R.O. Miller
Utilization of Compost in Horticultural Cropping Systems
Compost Effects on Crop Growth and Yield in Commercial Vegetable Cropping Systems, N.E. Roe
Compost Utilization in Ornamental and Nursery Crop Production Systems, G.E. Fitzpatrick
Compost Utilization in Landscapes, R. Alexander
Compost Utilization in Fruit Production Systems, F. Pinamonti and L. Sicher
Compost Utilization in Sod Production and Turf Management, A.V. Barker
Composts as Horticultural Substrates for Vegetable Transplant Production, S.B. Sterrett
Compost Economics: Production and Utilization in Agriculture, G.K. Criner, T.G. Allen, and R.J. Schatzer
Benefits of Compost Utilization in Horticultural Cropping Systems
Spectrum and Mechanisms of Plant Disease Control with Composts, H.A.J. Hoitink, M.S. Krause, and D.Y. Han
Weed Control in Vegetable Crops with Composted Organic Mulches, M. Ozores-Hampton, T.A. Obreza, and P.J. Stoffella
Nitrogen Sources, Mineralization Rates, Nitrogen Nutrition Benefits to from Composts, L.J. Sikora and R.A.K. Szmidt
Plant Nutrition Benefits of Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, and Micronutrients from Compost Utilization, Z. He, X. Yang, B.A. Kahn, P.J. Stoffella, and D.V. Calvert
Potential Hazards, Precautions, and Regulations of Compost Production and Utilization
Heavy Metal Aspects of Compost Use, R.L. Chaney, J.A. Ryan, U. Kukier, S.L. Brown, G. Siebielec, M. Malik, J.S. Angle
Human Pathogens: Hazards, Controls, and Precautions in Compost, E. Epstein
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regulations Governing Compost Production and Use, J.M. Walker

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