Grass Hay Field Application
Summer Application: Mushroom Compost can be applied after each cutting during the growing season. An applica- tion can be made up until the time that fieldwork damages the next stand of grass.
Winter Application: This time of year, when the soil is still frozen, can be an opportune time to make a Mushroom Compost application. It is not recommended to apply on top of snow. If making multiple applications of Mushroom Compost during the year, a yearly soil test is recommended.
Equipment For hay field application, use a manure spreader to provide as uniform an application as possible. If Mush- room Compost is applied too deep or piled too high in areas of the field, drag the field with a drag chain or similar equipment perpendicular to the direction in which the field was spread.
The Results Improved soil health; improved crop health; higher crop yields in drought than with commercial fertilizers; 24 percent residual value in second year, improving soil for 3-5 years; since mushrooms are grown year round, Mushroom Compost is available year round.
|Nitrogen (N)||1.12%||6.4 lbs/yd3||832 lbs/acre|
|Phosphate (P2o5||.67%||3.8 lbs/yd3||494 lbs/acre|
|Potash (K2O||1.24%||7.1 lbs/yd3||923 lbs/acre|
|organic Matter||25.53%||146.7 lbs/yd3||19,071 lbs/acre|
|Nitrogen (N)||1.12%||6.4 lbs/yd3||1,664 lbs/acre|
|Phosphate (P2o5||.67%||3.8 lbs/yd3||988 lbs/acre|
|Potash (K2O||1.25%||7.1 lbs/yd3||1846 lbs/acre|
|organic Matter||25.53%||146.7 lbs/yd3||38,142 lbs/acre|
|Nitrogen (N)||1.12%||6.4 lbs/yd3||2,496 lbs/acre|
|Phosphate (P2o5||.67%||3.8 lbs/yd3||1,482 lbs/acre|
|Potash (K2O||1.25%||7.1 lbs/yd3||2,769 lbs/acre|
|organic Matter||25.53%||146.7 lbs/yd3||57,213 lbs/acre|
to Use Mushroom Compost on Grass Hay Fields
- Increase yields and lower costs. Reduce the need for inorganic fertilizers.
- Decrease or eliminate the cost of liming.
- Restore soil structure by improving soil quality, nutrient content and beneficial soil microbe population and activity.
- Improve water retention during drought conditions and in poor soils. Improve water infiltration in clay soils.
- Mushroom Compost’s organic nutrient values are verifiably consistent and available year round.
- It is sustainable agriculture and a good environ- mental stewardship practice, providing a nutrient rich soil amendment in a complete ecological recycling process.
- Composting reverses soil organic matter depletion, providing improved crop production.
- Composting stabilizes nitrogen and reduces nitrate leaching.
- Significantly higher crop yields in droughts – studies indicate compost amended soil can produce yields higher than traditional fertilizer yields in drought years.
- Mushroom Compost is a Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) accepted fertilizer and PA Preferred product.