How to Avoid Contaminated Compost

So the question is — should I use manure,
should I use wheat straw, should I use regular straw in my garden? Well, if we read all the old homesteading
books and gardening books, it tells us to use them. I’ve used them in the past. But there’s one word the changes everything
and it’s contamination. That’s right, contamination. Nowadays we have selective herbicides that
changes the game, and I’ll explain why. There area a couple selective herbicides out
there, in particular that we’re going to talk about today that changes the game. One of them — and what I’m mentioning here
is active ingredients. One of them is called Clopyralid and the other
one is called Picloram. Both of these are widely used selective herbicides
that cause problems in compost, in manures, in wheat straw, barley straw, alfalfa and
other hays that we feed to our animals. So we’ve got to be real careful with what
we feed them as well as what we can do with the manures and compost we make off the byproducts. To give you an example, these particular herbicides,
Clopyralid, which is used mainly in the turfgrass industry and used in spraying some cole crops
— broccoli, collards, things like that. But primarily its used in the lawn care industry
where they spray the lawn, kill the weeds. And the city or whoever comes back and gets
those clippings and makes compost out of those products, and that particular chemical is
carried throughout the process and can end up in your garden. The other one, Picloram, is used primarily
as a herbicide on hay fields and on pastures to kill broadleaf weeds to make the pastures
weed-free. The problem is they carry over too. To give you an example — Picloram. So if I buy hay from a farmer that has sprayed
Picloram on his pasture and I bring it in and I feed it to ole Ringo right here. And it goes through Ringo’s system and comes
out as donkey manure and I collect that donkey manure and put it on my garden, I can get
damage. That chemical can pass through that process
at parts per million that I get significant damage in my garden. So we’ve got three different avenues that
we can get damage from with these chemicals — manures as we collect them fresh out of
the lot to put in our garden. Compost — both of these chemicals can live
through the composting process, which is scary. Or hay — if we buy hay and feed it to our
animals — passes through the process, same thing. We get ill effects in our garden. The damage in your garden from these compounds
and these chemicals — the plants will have a cupping effect. Those leaves will cup upwards. The plant is going to wither away and die
and just look terrible and not produce. Tomatoes, peppers and a lot of your other
plants are extremely sensitive to these compounds I’ve talked about. So you want to make sure that you get your
hay, your wheat straw, your barley straw or your alfalfa, all your feeds, your compost
and your manures that you may get from your neighbor or wherever — are free and clear
of these chemicals. And I’m going to go over these chemicals with
you. Clopyralid is the first one that’s mainly
used the lawn care industry. It is sold by two different trade names. One of them is Lontrel and the other one is
Stinger. Now the other chemical we talked about, which
is Picloram. Picloram is the actual ingredient. It mostly goes by Grazon, which is a very
popular chemical that a lot of farmers and ranchers use to spray their hay fields and
their pastures. It can also be sold by the name Tordon. So it’s important to ask those questions when
you’re getting these supplies — have they been sprayed and what they have been sprayed
with. It’s going to save you a lot of heartache
down the road. So there you have it, us helping you to be
successful at growing your own food. Hoss Tools.

8 thoughts on “How to Avoid Contaminated Compost

  1. If I inadvertently put those contaminants in my garden, how long will they persist? You mentioned ppm, any ideas on a concentration threshold that would be impactful to a home garden? Thanks for the info.

  2. have you heard anything about the use of black kow  and seed germination issues. I am a fan of the product so when I planted my seeds I threw some down with the seeds. I had the worst luck I have ever had getting seeds to germinate this year and was wondering if that could have been the cause.

  3. There are FOUR persistent herbicides that are currently on the market, not two.
    Picloram, Clopyralide, Aminopyralid, and Aminocyclopyrachlor (these are the generic names; sold under multiple brand names.)

  4. Hi there Ash here
    From Queensland Australia
    This video is number 100 from the beginning of your channel. I have watched all of them so far and look forward to watching the rest. Keep up the good work. Cheers Ash 👍

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