2. (Moisture) -
Optimal moisture for composting is between 50 – 60 percent. If our
moisture levels are high then the material needs to be turned more
frequently to increase drying time. If our moisture levels are low then
water is added in order to heat the pile and jump start the composting
Optimal oxygen levels should be around 10 percent. The oxygen level is
determined by the porosity (the amount of pore space in the pile). If
the moisture levels are too high, the feedstocks will compact and reduce
porosity. This is why we like to use straw as a carbon source because
it is bulky and allows oxygen to flow within the row. We inject oxygen into the row by turning them on a regular basis.
- Optimal composting takes place at between 131 F – 150 F. If moisture
levels are too high then this reduces oxygen thus cooling the pile.
This requires the row to be turned more often. If moisture levels are
too low then composting activity slows thus causing a reduction in
temperature. This requires us to add water. To determine row
temperature we use a Reo Temp thermometer. We will collect data from
four different locations on a row.
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