156 degree compost, what!!!

MichaelAugust 4, 2014

I've done many a compost pile over the decades but never had one like this beast in terms of temperature. I made the pile from fresh sweet corn stalks run through a shredder after harvesting the ears. The shredded material was made into a heap about 3' tall and 4' in diameter. Two days later, the pile temp. in it''s center was 156 degrees. Not expecting such a rapid, extreme temperature rise, I turned the pile to get it below 140 which the turning did. The next morning the temp was back to 156 so I turned it. This pattern repeated 3 more times until today when the pile seems to have stabilized for a little more than 24 hours at 130.

I've composted my corn stalks before just like this year's and not gotten the extreme high temps, usually around the 130s, kinda weird.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

The C:N ratio, moisture levels, and air supply have been just right for the thermophilic bacteria.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 6:20AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Maybe the bt-corn scientists slipped in some compost-ready genes?

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 6:39AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
how would one add / help mycorrhizae
On another thread (very long and informative - why...
No till garden/no weeds?
Is there a good way to keep weeds down in an established...
How to prepare my soil (eastern PA)
Newbie gardener here going into year two. Last year...
Weeds and pollinators
Spring is just around the corner, uh huh yes it is,...
Post hole filled with compost for deep soil conditioning
I am trying to find a way to fix my soil as deep and...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™