Ammonia (NH3) can be in excess during the breakdown of organic materials, particularly manure. Ammonia is a breakdown product of urea (CH4N20), which is present in animal urine and feces, but also arises wherever significant forms of protein and amines are present in decaying organic matter.
Certain microbes in the composting possess the enzyme urease, which catalyzes the conversion of the urea molecule into ammonia molecules and a carbon dioxide molecule. When piles are turned, particularly during the first few weeks of composting, ammonia can be volatilized, lost to the atmosphere, in significant quantities. Insufficient carbon in a pile (low C:N Ratio) will usually cause a rise in pH and exasperate the generation and loss of ammonia.
Utilizing the inoculant to generate high levels of bacterial activity in the outer edges of the piles, and remaining in a static phase for several weeks, reduces ammonia losses and allows nitrifying bacteria to oxidize ammonia, firstly into nitrite and then nitrate. The nitrate is readily consumed by bacteria to obtain energy and becomes bound (immobilized) in the bacteria cells as organic N (R-NH2).
Less turning and shorter cure time means less labor is required to produce a cubic yard of compost.
Creating more compost in less time increases yield per acre and maximizes revenue, making smaller commercial compost yards economically feasible.
Because more compost can be created in less time, overall production rates per acre rise, generating higher revenues and profits.
Less required turning equates to a reduction of ammonia and other volatile gasses that generate undesirable odors.
HQ Catalyst generates elevated curing temperatures and maintains optimal aerobic conditions without the need for frequent turning.
Superior Compost Quality
Compost finished through the Harvest Quest method has increased beneficial bacterial counts, resulting in a product that has major agricultural advantages.
Reduced Compost Time
The precisely controlled bacterial environment produces high-quality finished compost in as few as 60 days.
"My company operates a feedlot composting and spreading company. On average we compost 60,000 tons annually at three locations in Nebraska located approximately 150 miles apart. Since we began composting at three locations, our main challenge has been the constant turner schedule battle. For us, reducing the frequency of windrow turns has been the biggest benefit we have gained by...
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"My company operates a feedlot composting and spreading company. On average we compost 60,000 tons annually at three locations in Nebraska located approximately 150 miles apart. Since we began composting at three locations, our main challenge has been the constant turner schedule battle. For us, reducing the frequency of windrow turns has been the biggest benefit we have gained by using the MSAP® Method. In addition, to the obvious cost savings achieved by reducing turns, we have also seen an increase in both nitrogen content (by as much as 30%) and bacterial species and counts in our finished compost. Since incorporating the MSAP® into our operation, we now have the flexibility to increase the number of farms we compost at. We have a great need for rich organic fertilizer in Nebraska and Y-Bar has a strong customer base that is growing year on year. To cope with this increased product demand, we now believe we have the necessary composting methodology which will enable us to cover a greater territory. To conclude, the [Harvest Quest] inoculant and MSAP® Method has helped our operation reduce operating costs, decrease windrow turns, decrease truck miles and increase the value of the finished compost product."Larry Y., Owner
Charleston County, South Carolina opened their compost facility in 1989. Back then, the concept was quite visionary and progressive—the idea of a municipality operating a compost site was still rather nascent. But… Read More