Composting improves soil health

By Brandie Piper

Published May 29, 2015 on Discover.Monsanto.com.

May 29 is Compost Day, a time to remind everyone what is and is not compostable to help improve soil health.

Why compost?
Composting is a way to dispose of certain types of waste without sending it to landfills. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, composting is important because it has the ability to enrich and clean contaminated soils; help prevent pollution; decrease water, fertilizer and pesticide usage; and eliminate heavy metals, oil, grease and solids from storm water runoff.

Farmers compost, too
Farmers are composting more and more on cropland across the world as they utilize the benefits of conservation tillage and cover crops. In a conservation tillage system, after a crop is harvested, the stalks and leaves from the plant are left in the field, where they decompose and build organic matter in the soil. When farmers plant cover crops, they minimize soil erosion and also return nutrients to the soil… [continue reading]

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