Our Compost is tested by the Oregon branch of the Soil Food Web - a private, third party research laboratory.
Panels include tests for:
We had out Compost tested at the end of January, in preparation for spring product delivery. The lab told us, "this is not a good time to test Compost".. The Compost is wet (meaning that a dried sample will be smaller, and thus have less beneficial organisms), and there is a higher propensity of micro-organism dormancy (fewer active beneficial organisms).
That said, upon initial inspection of our Compost, Scientist Tiffany Bolman said, "This is some of the best Compost we have seen". The test results speak volumes.
|How the test works|
|We bring a 1 quart sample of Compost to the lab in Corvallis. From this sample, scientists randomly pull a 1 gram test sample (roughly the size of a sugar cube), then they dry it, and test for presence and quantity of the aforementioned organisms. Here's what they found.|
|Dry Weight||.30 g||.45g to .85g||Sample was very wet. Once dried, it was smaller than expected range, and thus one would expect to have less microorganism presence and activity|
|AB||166||15 - 25||Well Above Expected Range|
|TB||2,426||100 - 3,000||In Upper Range|
|AF||49.4||15 - 25||Well Above Expected Range|
|TF||7094||100 - 300||Well Above Expected Range|
|Flagellates||2,733,220||10,000||Well Above Expected Range (Protozoa)|
|Amoebae||1,513,490||10,000||Well Above Expected Range (Protozoa)|
|Ciliates||1,889||50 - 100||Well Above Expected Range (Protozoa)|
|Nematodes||137||20 - 30||Well Above Expected Range|
Bacterial and Fungal Activity above expected range. Bacterial and Fungal Biomass Increases with presence of nutrients.
Good Balance of Disease Suppressive and normal soil Fungi
Great Protozoa diversity, good for soil functioning in all conditions.
|Need more data? Click HERE to view the lab report.|