Composting Manure in Windrows

Animal Manure Management June 27, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF

Windrow composting

Windrow composting is similar to passive composting although the piles of materials are turned or aerated by mechanical equipment to maintain optimum conditions. Materials are placed in long rows where the actual size and shape of the windrow are dependent upon the feedstocks and type of turning equipment. Dimensions of the windrow normally range from three feet to twelve feet high and anywhere between eight to twenty feet wide. Mechanical turning is usually done with a front-end loader or a machine specifically designed for turning windrows

Windrow composting using a front end mounted two pass turner


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.