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Re: Regulation of compost teas (was: NOSB loses its head)
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From: "Dale Wilson" <nosliwelad@YAHOO.COM>
Sent: Sunday, October 13, 2002 13:17
Subject: [SANET-MG] Regulation of compost teas (was: NOSB loses its head)
> Am I missing something here? Isn't this about technical aspects of
> making compost tea?
> Here is the core of what I read from the Task Force recommendations
> that Jeff posted:
> "Recommendation: Compost teas if used in contact with crops less than
> 120 days before harvest must be made from high quality compost
> described above and not prepared with addition of supplemental
> nutrients such as sugars, molasses or other readily available
> (soluble) carbon sources."
> Based on what the research found, the recommendation doesn't sound
> unreasonable. I don't think they were *prohibiting* "compost teas",
> but trying to make their use safer. Don't you think it is possible
> (given the variability of compost) that an inexperienced operator could
> brew up highly pathogenic stuff by making what amounts to a nutrient
> broth and inoculating it with low quality compost?
Are you forgetting that many crops are harvested under a 120 days? Beans
70-90, Cantaloupe 60-90, Celery 115-135, Collards 75-80, Corn 62-94,
Cucumbers 50-70, Kale 60-70, Lettuce 40-83, Peas 55-78, Potatoes 100-120,
Squash 80-115, Tomatoes 52-90. I don't see how anyone could fallow the
"recomendation", and still use compost tea to best effect, if at all.