In 2010 we were approached by Dr. Jill Clapperton and Shepherd’s Grain with a challenge: How do you get high quality compost to work in No-Till? Royal Organics met the challenge and the result is Compell. (Patents Pending)
Four years of research and field trials produced a formulated compost pressed into a pellet that works with modern planting implements. We also learned things along the way that dispel some traditional beliefs about compost but confirm others.
We learned how to dry compost down in a stable pellet and put the microbiology in stasis, to be reactivated with moisture in the soil. Different compost feedstocks produce materials that affect crops in unique ways. Compell is formulated from two distinct stabilized composts for maximum performance.
Precision applying pounds of Compell in the seed zone have a greater effect than spreading tons of loose compost on a crop. That means lower cost, higher yield and a greater return on investment for growers.
Compell brings organic matter to the soil which means water retention, increased cat-ion exchange, increased plant health and disease resistance, and other positive results. The proprietary compost blend brings an increase of microbiological activity to the soil.
Research continues as we examine Compell with other crops. The 2014 crop year showed tremendous yield increases for canola (31%), barley (28.8%) and oats (15%) with Compell added to the normal fertilizer program. Oats also saw better yields. Legumes were treated as well but a hail storm caused too much damage to both the treated and non-treated plots to trust the data.
Royal Organics is already planning next year’s research to cover more crops, more farms, and more areas.