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CAPE GAZETTF. Friday May 2 - May 8, 2003 - 83 Above, all Sussex Technical High School fields will be top dressed with the chicken compost several times over the next 18 months. The first application was applied to the Ravens&apos; foot,. ball field Thursday, April 18: Above right, Chesapeake Green is a lightweight, odoriess organic compost made from chick- en by-products and specifically designed for turf application. Fertilizer Continued from page 82 chips, and hatchery by-products," according to Lon- hie Heflin, director of marketing for New Earth Ser- vices. Since composting uses everything it is a step to- wards closing the recycling loop. Chicken factories have had problems for years disposing of their mas- sive amounts of waste. "Manure is cleaned out of the houses and dumped into the fields," said Little "Run-off takes nitrates into the water shed. It's a large step for the chicken growers. All the by-prod- ucts can be utilized." Reducing the amount of chemical run-off into the surrounding waterways is a problem addressed in making the compost. "The composting process cap- tures nutrients from chicken by-products and con- verts them to organic form," explained Herin. "Harmful ammonia nitrogen is consumed in the process. It is water insoluble so it won't hurt the plants." Today's high nitrogen fertilizers landscapers, golf Course superintendents, and other.grounds crews use lieavily pollute the'filandays, The c emical mtro- gen contained in those products is water soluble which efficiently provides for a green lawn after an application and watering, but it wreaks havoc on the waterways. "Excessive nitrogen promotes excessive plant growth in the water," says Bob Henry, administrator for the Shoreline and Waterway Management Sec- tion of DNREC. "When algae, sea lettuce, and mi- cro-algae decompose they use up all the oxygen in the water and contribute to fish kills. Some of the small algae, single cell plants, are also toxic." Composting not only reduces pollution and con- trols chicken factory waste, it also changes the com- position of the tuff and "builds the health of the soil over a period of time," according to Herin. Pro- compost soil analyses indicate the need for more or- ganic material in the Sussex Tech turf which contains large amounts of sandand clay. The gradual mixture of the compost with the sand and clay will change the content Of the soil. It takes time and patience to add these nutrients and change the make-up of the tuff, but there will be myriad benefits. "Overall, it makes the soil more productive," confirms Goggin. "You get a certain build up {of organic material} in the soil. It allows for more natural processes than manure. It reduces the need for additional water, herbicide, commercial fertilizers and labor." The Ravens' turf will also be safer for athletes. "The addition of organic matter will make the play- ing fields much softer, less prone to injury," says Lit- tle. "It's awin-win situation. I'm really excited . ,, . bout this ...... The environment, chicken factories, and Sussex Tech students, atheletes and playing fields will all benefit from this agricultural technology. This is just a small step, though, towards revolutionizing land management. "We would like to be an example, a demonstration site," says Goggin. "If everybody works together we can make progress." AFFORDABLE IRR00EM. Call today to learn more about this state-of-the-art, in-ground system which Installs easily.., even in existing lawns - with no |renchina. If you're tired of dragging sprinkler hose and you're looking for more time to enjoy yourself this summer, Inquire about our systems design with water conservation in mind. This is the system for you. 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