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Compost (Fertilizers and Soils) Publications & Resources

Compost: Production, Quality, and Use in Commercial Agriculture > PDF
The livestock industry produces large quantities of manure that must be disposed of in a way that prevents contamination of water resources. Composting is an efficient way to deal with manure, reducin . . . . . more details

Composting and Using Backyard Poultry Waste in the Home Garden > HTML
For the backyard agriculturist, proper composting of chicken manure has no downsides. This publication provides basic information on how to properly process backyard-poultry waste and use it in a gard . . . . . more details

Composting at Home > PDF

This compact user's guide promotes composting as a rewarding way to turn leaves, grass, and food scraps into an organic fertilizer for enriching your garden and lawn. Recycli . . . . . more details


Cull and Waste Potato Management > PDF
Potatoes that are unusable for fresh market, processing, or dehydration because they do not meet minimum size, grade, or quality standards, or potatoes disposed because of low market value due to over . . . . . more details

Dairy Compost Production and Use in Idaho: On-Farm Composting Management > PDF
This publication describes composting management practices starting from compost material preparation and ending with the evaluation of the finished product. Authors: Lide Chen and Mario de . . . . . more details

Dairy Compost Production and Use in Idaho: The Composting Process > PDF
This publication explains what composting is, how it occurs, and how various factors affect it. First in a series on composting dairy wastes in Idaho and using dairy compost on the farm. Au . . . . . more details

Fertilizing with Manure and Other Organic Amendments > PDF
Description: Are you thinking about using manure to fertilize your farm but want more information? Properly managed manure applications recycle nutrients to crops, improve soil quality, and protect wa . . . . . more details

Growing Food Safely in Idaho School Gardens > HTML
This guide is created for teachers, parents, volunteers, school administrators, food-service professionals, and everyone else engaged in youth gardening projects in Idaho. It is meant to serve as a gu . . . . . more details

Sampling Dairy Manure and Compost for Nutrient Analysis > PDF
Testing the nutrient content of dairy manure or compost reveals nutrient value and determines the application rate, but it must be done correctly. This six-page guide shows you how to conduct a proper . . . . . more details

Should Producers Test Solid Dairy Manure and Dairy Manure Compost Before Land Application? > HTML
Idaho’s dairy industry generates substantial amounts of manure each year. Consequently, the state is a prolific producer of natural and nutrient-rich fertilizer. University of Idaho researchers take a . . . . . more details

Soil Fertility in Organic Systems: A Guide for Gardeners and Small Acreage Farmers > PDF
Managing soil fertility is challenging because it requires considerable focus—you must consistently pay attention to the source, timing, rate, and placement of nutrient applications. This publication . . . . . more details

Vermicomposting at Home > HTML
Vermicomposting relies on worms to produce nutrient-dense vermicast from recycled organic food waste and other natural materials. The project takes up very little space, making it a convenient and eff . . . . . more details

University of Idaho Extension


Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Room 10
606 S Rayburn St

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2332
Moscow, ID 83844-2332

Phone: 208-885-7982

Fax: 208-885-9046



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