Compost Utilization In Horticultural Cropping Systems: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Compost Utilization In Horticultural Cropping Systems

1st Edition

Edited by Peter J. Stoffella, Brian A. Kahn

CRC Press

430 pages

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Hardback: 9781566704601
pub: 2001-01-31
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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.

  • 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

    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    SCIENCE / Environmental Science
    TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General