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Liquid Compost Extract (LCE) versus Aerated Compost Tea (ACT)

Liquid Compost Extract (LCE) Advantages Over Aerated Compost Tea (ACT)

LCE can be generated in large volumes in a short time frame, it is shelf-stable, and it offers the flexibility of activating for use as compost tea. Also, we see a longer lasting response time from the extraction process over the tea brewing process. We need the depth of this response time in Texas soils.

In the process of compost extraction, the beneficial biology in compost is dislodged and goes into a solution. An important distinction is that the majority of these micro-organisms are inactive or dormant. The liquid biology that results from LCE is similar to the conditions that exist in compost; only a small percentage are active and working, the others lie dormant until they are woken up in response to external sti...

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Making Liquid Compost Extract: What Does Our Microscope Reveal?


Bacteria in liquid compost extract


Bacteria are tiny, one-celled organisms which decompose organic matter, mineralize and immobilize nutrients, suppress diseases, fix nitrogen, and solubilize phosphorus. In agriculture soils a desirable range is 100 million to 1 billion bacterial organisms in one gram of dry soil.

Fungal hypha

Fungal hypha


Fungi are microscopic cells that grow as long threads or strands called hyphae. These single-celled strands push their way between rocks, soil particles, and roots. When these strands fuse together they look like fungal roots called mycelia. Fungi decompose organic matter and crop residues, solubilize nutrients from parent rock, and physically bind soil particles into aggregates which improves soil structure...

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Does Soil Biology Influence Soil Chemistry? Yes, It Does!

Johnson-Landview property

By Betsy Ross

Working with landowners in Texas, we’ve found that soil biology amendments can “shift” or alter nutrient values on a soil chemistry test. The following case study provides details on site conditions, the sequence of soil sampling and biology treatments, and soil test data.

Our company, Sustainable Growth Texas, LLC, uses bio-spray field treatments to help restore life in the soil.  Many of our clients are rural landowners in Texas with pasture lands.  Our motto is “better soil, better life”.

Project Site: The site had sandy loam soil and was located in Gonzales County, Texas.  The landowners had signed up for an EQUIP program from their local NRCS office.  They had just finished clearing heavy understory brush among Post Oak trees.

Here is the sequence of events:


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SGTX’s Liquid Compost Extract (LCE)

LCE Extractor

Putting life back into the soil is paramount in developing natural growing systems.

One of Sustainable Growth Texas’s basic tools in replenshing life and promoting natural growing systems is the blending of liquid compost extract, biological inoculants, microbial foods, and trace elements to make a complete bio-spray for custom application to farms and ranches. We use a patented machine called the Hronek Flow-Thru Compost Extractor to strip the biology from top quality compost, thus making liquid compost extract, or LCE.

The process is analogous to a washing machine that strips beneficial micro-organisms (Life: bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes) out of compost and results in a dark liquid compost solution that can be sprayed on soils and crops...

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