The calculator allows those creating and selling compost to see the financial values of key nutrients in compost and digestate when compared to inorganic fertilisers. The values are based on current market prices for fertilisers and the typical readily available nutrient content of composts and digestates.
- Data on readily available nutrient content is taken from RB209, for compost, and the DC-Agri project for digestate
- Compost is an excellent source of organic matter, which can offer significant improvements to soil quality in the medium and long term – providing further financial savings
- Additional tools, such as the MANNER-NPK tool to integrate digestate and compost use into your fertiliser planning
The values used as part of the compost calculator are based on current market prices for fertilisers and the typical readily available nutrient content of composts and digestates.
It is worth remembering that, in addition to the readily available nutrients, organic materials contain nutrients in more complex forms which will become available for crop uptake in future seasons.
For example, composts have a low readily available nitrogen content (5%), but a high total nitrogen content (11kg/tonne of green/food compost) which will contribute to soil nitrogen supply.
Using the table below – you can calculate the values for your particular types of compost:
|Market price of fertilisers (£/kg)||0.74||0.59||0.44|
|Readily available nutrient content (kg/tonne compost)||0.00||
|Financial value of readily available nutrient content (£/tonne compost)||0.00||0.88||1.95||2.83|
|Readily available nutrient content (kg/tonne compost)||0.55||1.90||6.40|
|Financial value of readily available nutrient content (£/tonne compost)||0.40||1.12||2.84||4.36|
|Readily available nutrient content (kg/tonne digestate)||4.00||0.25||1.60|
|Financial value of readily available nutrients (£/tonne digestate)||2.94||0.15||0.71||3.80|