This seminar will briefly cover how to better utilize compost as a soil amendment in vegetable production. Some topics discussed here are: nutrient availability of different types of compost, methods for estimating compost application rates and the preferred compost characteristics in vegetable production. Also we will highlight some preliminary findings of an ongoing project in the southern west region of Puerto Rico.
In Puerto Rico there is an increased interest and demand for the use of compost in commercial horticultural industries. However, there is a lack of information for growers on how to utilize effectively compost, which can supply sufficient nutrients to the crop but can increase environmental and economical concerns if the amounts applied into the soil are not determined correctly.