Five benefits of composting your farm produce waste

Farming is one of the most underappreciated industries in the world. It takes time, skills and patience to be a farmer to make produce unique enough to sell it to potential suppliers. In all this hard work there is often a lot of waste that gets left behind and it can be a burden to clear it. However composting can solve your waste problem.

Creating your own compost pile can be easy, cost-effective and helps keep food and other waste out of landfill.  If you still have doubts about composting, here are list of reasons why it would benefit your farming business.

Waste Reduction

We throw out a lot of trash that ends up going away to landfill, where it just ends up rotting and releasing methane, a greenhouse gas. If you start composting your waste it can actually benefit you because these organic wastes are full of rich nutrients which can be reused. Composting will drastically reduce what waste is taken to landfill, producing less trash, methane and turning all of that waste into a valuable resource you can use.

Fertilisers

Composting takes the waste you have and turns it into fertilisers, which is what you as a producer need and it will therefore save you a lot of money. So, you have the choice between buying more fertilisers or just creating your own with the organic waste on the farm.

Soil improvement

If you have bad soil then you are never going to grow anything and this will affect your business. Compost can help because it enhances your soil’s structure which supports plant’s roots and prevents erosion. Creating this strong soil composition will allow for better drainage and water retention. As you know, healthy soil produces healthy plants. Compost contains countless beneficial microorganisms that help restore soil nutrients and encourage growth.

Environmentally Friendly

Composting is a great environmental and economical alternative compared to sending food and other farm waste to the landfill. Composting wasted produce can drastically reduce methane gas produced when this waste is sent to landfill. Choosing the best method and expanding your knowledge can enhance your compost’s efficiency.

Water Retention

Water is at a premium price these days and composted soil reduces the amount of water consumed by plants. Composting can also reduce plant diseases and pests, lessening the need for expensive chemicals and fertilisers.

While it may take a little effort to set up your own composting system, the results will be worth it.