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BLESSINGS BLENDS is dedicated to the principles of sustaining our natural resources while developing premium products for agriculture, horticulture, landscape, turf and gardening needs. Our compost is produced locally on the Delmarva Peninsula. Converting organic waste into beneficial products which help to improve the land and preserve water quality is part of our mission to help restore the Chesapeake Bay.

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    BLESSINGS BLENDS Premium Compost Plus + BLESSINGS BLENDS Premium Compost Plus + Presentation Transcript

    • BLESSINGS BLENDSPREMIUM COMPOST PLUS + www.blessingsblends.com
    • Blessing Compost Facility• Largest organic waste handler on Delmarva, solely dedicated to processing poultry waste streams.• Governed by DNREC permit # DM 1102-5-03• Founded in 2005• Currently marketing finished compost products to agriculture, turf and horticulture. Sustainability BLESSINGS BLENDS is dedicated to the principles of sustaining our natural resources while developing premium products for agriculture, horticulture, landscape, turf and home gardening needs. Our compost is produced locally on the Delmarva Peninsula. Converting organic waste into beneficial products which help to improve the land and preserve water quality is part of our mission to help restore the Chesapeake and Inland Bays
    • Proprietary In-Vessel Systems
    • WHAT IS BLESSINGS BLENDS COMPOST? Components: Poultry Waste Hatchery Waste Yard Waste Stable Bedding Straw Hay Forestry WasteCompost is a rich, dark, humus material created by the decomposition of organic material.
    • BLESSINGS BLENDS ENVIRO-COVER
    • Current MarketsAGRICULTURE TURF HORTICULTURE
    • What makes BLESSING BLENDS Premium Compost Plus+ Better• Through composting, poultry litter becomes more stable and less likely to lose valuable N-P-K through volatilization, leaching and runoff.• The lower C:N ratio (10:1) in BLESSING BLENDS is a result of higher proteinaceous inputs and therefore the compost contains a better supply of micronutrients than other “typical” compost (C:N = 30:1).• The use of hatchery waste in BLESSINGS BLENDS Premium Compost sets the product apart from other compost in the higher than usual calcium carbonate content of the compost.• Proper blending of raw organic products to achieve a homogenous, consistent recipe.• Monitoring process conditions to ensure consistent quality of the finished product and favorable conditions for beneficial organisms.• Testing for nutrients in each batch of product to ensure a consistent product for the consumer.• Processing temperatures (140 – 160 degrees) to ensure pathogen elimination and provide protection for handlers and consumers.
    • FINANCIAL BENEFITS OF COMPOST IN AGRICULTURE• Higher yields - compost improves soil structure and fertility and can increase a crop’s yield potential. 1• Fertilizer substitution - compost contains crop – available nutrients which will help save costs. Useful N - P - K content can improve your soil indices and remove the need for additional fertilizers. 1• Better water management – compost can prevent heavy soils becoming water logged by increasing water infiltration. It will also help light soils hold on to water, making it available for crop growth during dry periods. 1• Fuel savings and traffic tolerance – compost improves soil structure, making it more easy to work while saving using less fuel, improving soil structure will make it more resistant to compaction from traffic and will extend the conditions in which it can be worked. 1• Makes fertilizer more efficient – Complements and can enhance the performance of inorganic fertilizers, reducing the overall quantity needed – better for your pocket and the environment. 1 AS FERTILIZER PRICES RISE, THE BENEFITS OF USING COMPOST BECOME MORE CLEAR. 1
    • Environmental Benefits of Using Compost• Compost helps prevent pollution – Compost has the ability to prevent pollutants in stormwater runoff from reaching surface water resources. 2• Improves water holding capacity – thus reducing water loss and leaching in sandy soils. 3• Increases infiltration and permeability of heavy soils – thus reducing erosion and runoff. 3• Releases nutrients over time – Most nutrients in compost are in an organic form. These nutrients are released slowly over a long period of time. This results in a more efficient utilization of nitrogen and a decreased potential for nitrogen leaching. Nutrients become available to plant roots at a slower rate from compost compared to inorganic fertilizers. 4• Composting poultry manure eliminates N loss by leaching – In a greenhouse experiment, composting poultry layer manure was found to effectively eliminate N loss by leaching while significantly increasing switchgrass growth on minespoil material. 5
    • Problems with Raw Chicken Manure When used in Agriculture• Nitrogen volatilization
    • Concerns about chicken manure use in Agriculture• Pollution – Oxygen-demanding substances, ammonia, nutrients (particularly nitrogen and phosphorus), solids, pathogens, and odorous compounds are the pollutants most commonly associated with manure. 7• Pathogens and Nitrates – In ground water, pathogens and nitrates from manure can impact human heath via drinking water. Nitrate contamination is more prevalent in ground waters than surface waters. This can result in potentially fatal health risks to infants. 7• Salmonella, Campylobacter and Listeria – These organisms are often present in manure of poultry. 8• Arsenic, copper & zinc – Animal manures, particularly poultry, contain relatively high concentrations of these heavy metals. High concentrations of heavy metals have been documented in runoff water of soils fertilized with animal manure.• Phosphorus Runoff – The biggest environmental concern with respect to animal manures is currently phosphorus runoff, since it is normally the limiting nutrient for eutrophication. Eutrophication has been identified as the biggest water quality problem in United States surface waters.
    • NPK analysis of Current Compost Batches prior to addition of raw poultry manure
    • NPK analysis of Current Compost Batches prior to addition of raw poultry manure
    • FORMULA TO COMPUTE NPK ANALYSIS FROM A&L labs
    • BLESSINGS BLENDSPremium Compost Plus +  Improves the soil structure,porosity, and density, thus creating a better plant root environment  Improves water holding capacity, thus reducing water loss and leaching in sandy soils  Supplies a variety of macro and micronutrients  May control or suppress certain soil-borne plant pathogens  Supplies significant quantities of organic matter Improves cation exchange (CEC) of soils and growing media, thus improving their ability to hold nutrients for plant use  Supplies beneficialmicroorganisms to soils and growing media Improves and stabilizes pH
    • NPK analysis of premium compost plus + after processing with Chicken Manure: (2.6 - 2.51 - 2.19) With the added value of raw poultry manure, the analysis of the finished compost is increased to provide a more agronomic product.
    • CURRENT VALUE compared to COMMERICAL FERTILIZERStabilized N-P-K of BLESSINGS BLENDS Compost (2.6 - 2.51 - 2.19)Current Commercial Fertilizer Pricing:Ammonium Sulfate (21-0-0) = .97 cent per 1 lb. NMAP (11-52-0) = .80 cents per 1 lb. PPotash (0-0-62) = .67 cents per lb. KValue of one ton of dry finished compost is: $119.94 In one ton there is: 52 lbs. N, 50.2 lbs. P, 43.8 lbs. K plus there is Calcium and other Micro Nutrients that have not been valued. These values are stable and release over time…
    • CHANGING THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE www.blessingsblends.com Copyrights reserved 2005-2011 BLESSINGS BLENDS logo and “Organics That Produce” are registered trademarks and property of Blessing Greenhouses & Compost Facility