R.W. Nicola and P. Burlakoti, University of Guelph - Ridgetown Campus, Ridgetown ON, USA
A lack of amendments that can effectively serve as crop nutrients or pest controls and still be considered organic. Compost is a recognized organic input, and a recent development is the use of compost tea in fertility and biocontrol applications. Aerobic compost tea (ACT) is produced by aerating compost and water and allowing microbial activity to increase over a few days. An investigation into the biocontrol and fertility efficacy of different ACT formulations, as well as ACT crop application methods was completed.