Sustainability Victoria is supporting the compost industry to expand the markets for recycled organic products in Victoria by:
Sustainability Victoria commissioned research in 2013 to evaluate all available recycled organic (RO) field trials in Victoria with the aim of building an evidence base and identify gaps for potential future work.
Within each of the key farming markets that were investigated at least one trial demonstrated either higher crop yields or better quality or both. Several researchers identified improvements to soil structure, chemistry and/or biology, sometimes substantial.
The Review of past recycled organic field trials in Victoria (1995–2013) is available to download below.
Due to the small trial samples across segments and varying objectives, inputs and measures it has been impractical to provide a comprehensive repository of past field trials that Sustainability Victoria had intended.
What has become clear through this work is the need for a standard approach to the design, implementation, measurement and reporting of field trials, either scientific or demonstration to build the knowledge, expertise and acceptance of RO products.
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