Frequently Asked Questions - fertilizer
Sized to blend well with most other agricultural grade nutrient sources and performs well in broadcast spreaders. Typical SGN 325
Suitable for blends typically used in horticulture. Also well suited for direct application fertilization, especially slow release. Typical SGN 140
Q: How much faster will the bulk dry composted break down than the pelletized chicken manure? Also how much is available the first year? At an application rate of 2 ton/acre what percent? How much does one need to apply every year to build up the soil?
A: As a general rule we see approximately 50% availability in the first year. As far as the time it takes for one or the other to break down, we don't think break down time will be much different; same product, just a different form. We do see stronger soil food web lab results in screened compost vs. pelletized.
One ton per acre is the standard rate most use. 2 tons will pose no problems and will likely be beneficial to the soil building process and provide additional nutrition helpful to many crops.
Note: Chicken manure is a very useful fertilizer to use when Phosphorous is less than 100 lbs. per acre on the International Ag Labs soil test.