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Nutrient composition of various organic materials

Organic Matter

% Nutrient Content

Animal Wastes

N

P

K

Cattle

1.50

1.00

0.94

Water buffalo

1.09

0.82

0.70

Horse

159

1.65

0.65

Sheep

2.02

1.75

1.94

Pig

2.81

1.61

1.52

Rabbit

2.40

1.40

0.60

Chicken

4.00

1.98

2.32

Duck

2.15

1.13

1.15

Bat

1.00-12.00

2.25-16.00


Crop Residues




Tobacco stem

3.70

0.65

4.50

Tomato stem

0.35

0.10

050

Wheat straw

0,49

0.11

1.06

Rice straw

0.58

0.10

1.38

Corn stover

0.59

0.31

1.31

Cotton stalks $ leaves

0.88

0.15

1.45

Peanut roots

1.18

0.07

1.28

hulls

1.75

0.20

1.24

Cowpea stems

1.07

1.14

2.54

roots

1.06

0.12

1.50

Sugarcane trash

0.35

0.04

0.50

Banana skin (ash)

-

3.25

41.76

Banana stalk

-

2.34

49.40

N-fixing Trees (Leaves)




Leucaena leucocephala

4.29

0.19

1.37

Acacia ferruginea

2.96

0.13

0.88

Acacia arabica

2.61

0.17

1.20

Gliricidia sepium

1.81

1.80

21.85

Sesbania acullata

2.18

-

-

Sesbania speciosa

2.51

-

-

Crotolaria juncea

1.95

-

-

Crotolaria usarmoensis

5.30

-

-

Vigna sinensis (cowpea)

3.09

-

-

Melitotus indica

3.36

0.22

1.27

Pisum sativum (pea)

1.97



Desmodium trifolium

2.93

0.14

1.30

Calopogonium mucunoides

3.02

-

-

Water hyacinth

2.04

0.37

3.40

Azolla sp

3.68

0.20

0.15

Algae

2.47

0.12

0.37

Other Composting Materials




Ground bone (burned)


34.70


Eggshell

-

0.43

0.29

Feathers

-

15.30


Molasses

0.70

-

4.50

Wood ashes

-

1.00-1.50

1.00-3.00

Compost




Municipal*

0.40- 1.60

0.10-0.40

0.20-0.60

Garbage**

0.40-4.00

0.20- 1.30

0.20-2.10

Garden

1.40-3.50

0.30- 1.00

0.40-2.00

* Includes garbage, paper, household and yard trash
** Food wastes