From one of Betsy's sister sites. Liquid Compost Extract Sustainable Growth Texas specializes in 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 make liquid compost extract, or LCE. The process is analogous to a washing machine that strips beneficial micro-organisms (bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes) out of compost and results in a dark liquid compost solution that can be sprayed on soils and crops. LCE has the biological benefits of compost, without the bulk. Compost extractors arose out of the modern compost tea industry and are considered the next generation. There are now about a half dozen compost extractors on the market, including batch and flow-thru models. The Hronek flow-thru extractor was the first patented extractor. With modifications, it is capable of producing 3,000 gallons of LCE per hour LCE has several 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. 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 stimuli. Thus, when LCE is applied to the landscape a greater number of these dormant micro-organisms survive. A key soil foodweb concept is successional biology. The micro-organisms from applied LCE wake up in response to plant root exudates at different times during the growing season, when they are needed. This approach supports the plant-microbe feedback loop. LCE is thus especially well suited to soil applications. However, due to its flexibility, LCE can also be fed and aerated for use in foliar applications and in practice the activation period can occur in a short time frame. Our Liquid Compost is made from 100% natural ingredients found in high-quality finished compost.