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Another ‘Tell’, Too Much Synthetic Nitrogen

ANOTHER “TELL”   There is a problem in Walnuts with too much synthetic nitrogen is applied. It’s obvious when too much synthetic nitrogen has been applied by the appearance of blind wood or too much distance between nodes on a given branch. This is a “tell” that anyone can spot. In our opinion walnuts are […]

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Understanding the TELL…

THE UNDERSTANDING OF A TELL On December 14, 2018, Compost Solutions sponsored a guest speaker from Midwest Biosystems. He’s Edwin Blosser from Tampico, Illinois. He’s a world-renowned expert of the “ Tell “. A person with this ability is akin to a whisperer, they see, smell and touch things that “ Tells “ them what […]

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Mid-Season Cover Crop Update

MID-SEASON COVER CROP UPDATE It is obvious to the trained eye that many cover crop plantings are struggling due to a lack of Nitrogen. This nutrient need should  be addressed early by applying compost and or being prepared to add a small amount of actual Nitrogen if compost is not used. A maximum amount of […]

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Cover Crops Need Nitrogen

COVER CROPS NEED NITROGEN DILEMMA: How do growers compensate for the lack of nitrogen when planting a cover crop without compost? And, why do some walnut orchard soils that are very similar and with the same compost application rates exhibit differing Potash and or Phosphorous levels? Numerous walnut growers have been “cover cropping” with 4 […]

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Soil Grow, New Product Available from Compost Solutions, Inc.

SOIL GROW We have introduced a new product at Compost Solutions called Soil Grow. It’s a humified Protein that is an actual Humus. We’ve introduced this product with the aid of Mid West Biosystems, headquartered in Tampico, Ill. Its basic ingredients start out like compost but the similarity quickly ends there. It’s like making compost […]

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The Famous Calcium-Boron Connection

THE CALCIUM – BORON CONNECTION Soil Boron levels are seldom correct. Most of the world experiences Boron deficiency, however, there are notable exceptions. Woodland, Ca. is the largest in our area followed by small pockets such as in Butte City and Princeton Ca. where soil excesses are caused by groundwater high in Boron applied thru […]

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The Magic of Sulphur in the Soil

THE MAGIC OF SULFUR Our shared goal at Compost Solutions, Inc is to reduce synthetic inputs that negatively affect soil biology. One major obstacle is excess soil Magnesium because it effects how much Nitrogen is needed to grow your crop. Good soil Calcium levels mitigate this somewhat but it’s difficult to have good Calcium levels […]

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Grow Your Own Nutrient Rich Living Soil

How to GROW YOUR OWN Nutrient Rich Soil No matter whether you are a home garden enthusiast or a “for profit” grower, your first goal should be to create “biology rich” soil to improve and increase your end product. This is accomplished by gaining an understanding of what materials to avoid for your particular soil, […]

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2018, Nitrogen Management in California

NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT PLAN   The state of California is now (2018) requiring growers to present their own nutrient management plan for reducing synthetic nitrogen fertilizer that may appear in runoff and groundwater. (Today nitrogen, next year it may be Phosphorous). This is forcing you to consider the amounts, types and the timing of nitrogen applications. […]

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The Role of Sulfate Sulfur in Crop Production

What is the role of Sulfate Sulfur in Crop Production? Sulfate Sulfur (SO4-S) has two major roles in production agriculture. First Role: It’s the only form of the nutrient Sulfur that is available to the plant. As fertilizers have been scrubbed of the contaminant sulfur, it’s no longer a free component. It’s now seen as a […]

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