Coping with High Temperatures in Thermophilic Pile

Coping with High Temperatures in Thermophilic Pile
  • This a busy time on the farm and so this blog will be short and sweet
  • More fungal tea was applied in the orchard this week
  • One of our windrows (N-6) has a higher bacterial component and is destined for one of our vegetable fields. We are behind schedule in applying this compost. This windrow has been turned 5 times every time it reached 130 F or more. However, we turned it one more time after temperatures dropped significantly to make sure it was less active/stable. After the last turn, several hotspots (130-135 F) developed and we have to wait for N-6 to cool down to make sure it can be applied safely to a vegetable field.
  • We ran into a major problem with tomato and pepper seedlings that were started earlier this year. We are trying to find out what the problem is and there may be more information on this issue in a future blog.
  • On Wednesday Farmer Al and I attended the California Climate and Agriculture Summit hosted by the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN). This a coalition of organic and sustainable agriculture organizations and their allies (scientists etc…) who have come together out of concern for climate change impacts on California agriculture. The conference was very well organized and a lot of interesting information was presented. The next blog will deal with some of the issues raised during this summit.
  • Author: Christophe Kreis MLF Soil Consulting PhD, Molecular Biology/Developmental Biology, University of British Columbia, Canada. Christophe is co-founder of MLF Soil Consulting with his wife Monique. He started his career in basic medical research and after various positions in academia and industry Christophe slowly returned to his first passion Soil Ecology and Microbiology. It is his belief that human health is tied intimately to soil health through the production of healthy food. For this reason MLF Soil Consulting is committed to help farmers improve the management of their soil through composting, vermicomposting and biological analysis of microbial soil life.

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