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 Post subject: Manure Tea Rates
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 12:27 pm 
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I have a few friends with some ranch land and access to manure - go figure - and I've bout convinced them to make manure tea to use as fertilizer, but I'm not sure the ratio to give them. I know on small scale a gallon goes about 1,000 sq. ft or so. But what about on acreage when you're talking bout mixing a 55gal drum and diluting it into a sprayer on the back of a tractor - how much should they put out per acre? And, aside from the manure, they'll be using mostly horse manure from very well fed horses with some cattle manure mixed in at times, should they add anything to it or would the microbes in it be sufficient? I did remember to tell them to aerate the tea first, how long is that process effective for before requring a reintro of oxygen again?

Thanks for your help on the large scale guys. I'm working on getting them organic, and due to the increased costs of synthethics, I think I have a good edge - considering they have free manure to use.

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It depends on how strong the Tea is. Make sure that the manure has been composted properly. I would follow one of the recipies on this site, mol., humate, ect. and just make a bigger batch. Yes by all means a aerate... 12 hours. The finished product will have a life of about 2 hours. Just dont have a break down in your tractor or spray rig or it will go bad. If you add the Molasses, Humate, ect. I would spray 1 gallon to the acre of tea, usually that would be with 9 gallons or water, or a total of 10 gallons per acre.
Hope this helps,
Brad
www.WatsonRanchOrganic.com


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 Post subject: compost tea to the acre
PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 5:50 am 
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Use as much as you want. There is no limit.

I make aerated compost tea. I have a 500 gal tank
and I make a "tea" bag out of burlap bags. I put
copost in two bags and brew the "tea" by soaking
them in the water. I put about 2 to 3 gals of molasses
to feed the bacteria and some liquid humates to
nutralize any chemicals in the water. I do this for
2 days and never more that 3 days. I then aerate
it for 12 to 24 hours.

Last summer I did one hay meadow and ther was
no source of water, except for what we could haul.
The first two hundred gals of mix was 100 gal of
water and 100 gal of aerated compost tea + more
molasses, liguid humates and ocean water. The
second 200 gals was 200 gals of aerated tea +
molasses, liquid humates and seawater.

The results were amazing for two reasons.
We were in a drought and the 100 % compost
tea made the grass hay greener and was nearly
twice the volume.
Robert D Bard
Dr Bob the Health Builder


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 Post subject: compost tea
PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 5:57 am 
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I forgot to mention that I put 10 gals of this mix to
the acre. So 200 gals does 20 acres.

I know the recomendations for aerated compost
tea is to get it out immediately but that doesn't
seem to be such a big deal. One time last year I
couldn't get all the tea out at one time so I aerated
it for another 5 days and then put it out and we
could't tell the difference in production. I wouldn't
do this on purpose but I don't think the time is as
critical as some would advocate.
Robert D Bard


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Thank you guys for the input. I've been busy getting my new store open and am just now having a moment to visit the site. I'm passing along via cut and paste the info so my client will have it straight.

Marie


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