Conventional growers use McGill AG because it works

When farmers return composted organic matter and active soil microbes to fields, good things happen.  So good, in fact, that at the end of the season, you’ll return more money to your pocket. Try McGill AG on your worst field, and you’ll be convinced:

  • See results with as little as 4-8 tons per acre or about a 1/8-inch layer of compost
  • Apply with standard spreaders
  • Use no more than 30% in blends and mixes — compost is a concentrate
  • Base your application rate on soil tests and compost analysis for best results

Compost is also good for the environment. It controls erosion and pollutant runoff, conserves energy and returns carbon to the soil instead of allowing it to become air pollution.  With compost use, you can feel as good about the way you grow food as you do about feeding people and turning a profit.

What else should you know about using McGill AG compost?

Uncontrolled composting can result in excessively-high temperatures.  High temperatures destroy pathogen-suppressing compounds and microbes. McGill’s computer-controlled process eliminates this problem. Tight control keeps temperatures within desired ranges, resulting in robust microbial activity.  When add compost to your cropping plan, these live, beneficial microbes inoculate your soil to replenish and revitalize.

Fumigation can destroy soil microbes, negating much of compost’s benefit. Our growers report equal or improved yields without fumigation when McGill AG is used in conjunction with cover crops and extended rotations.

Those same microbes also suppress some diseases, helping to maximize yield without chemical overload.   Learn more about compost and its benefits from the U.S. Composting Council.

The McGill advantage

  • Higher yields and quality — Increases nutrient uptake.  Adds organic matter.  Builds soil tilth.
  • Greater disease and pest resistance — Releases antibiotic compounds.  Proliferates pathogen-suppressing microflora.
  • Balanced moisture levels — Holds more water during dry spells.  Soil drains faster after heavy rain. Can reduce irrigation requirements.
  • Less dependence on chemicals — Increased nutrient uptake means reduced chemical input.
  • Longevity — The benefits of McGill AG last through multiple seasons.

AG uses/instructions

AG recommended uses

McGill AG compost is specifically formulated for cost-effective results in conventional agriculture, including broadcast, topdressing and banded row.

Growers have reported good results with as little as a 1/8 to 1/4-inch application.  Build soils over time to meet and maintain a 5 percent soil organic matter (SOM) content.

Cautions.  The same qualities that make AG the right product for most agricultural applications discourages its use for horse hay/pasture (horses may detect and be repelled by its slight odor).

The same may be true for use in plasticulture and for greenhouse transplants, where the higher NPK can burn sensitive seedlings.  For these applications, we recommend McGill SoilBuilder, instead.

AG ingredients

AG ingredients

McGill AG is a “fresh” version of McGill SoilBuilder.  It contains the same ingredients and meets all regulatory standards.  But because it is only lightly cured, this agricultural-grade product contains a slightly higher NPK value.  However, this also means it is not as stable.  Restrict its use to on-farm applications.

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