I have been re-using /recycling Agassiz’s one-tonne agricultural fertilizer bags (ag bags) for years.
They are very useful for collecting leaves, garden waste, grass clippings and small brush. I think that they might even work as composting bags.
Currently, I am using them to handle drain rock. I put eight in my trailer, held open with fence posts and go to Armstrong’s quarry where they are quickly half filled with drain rock.
When I get home, I hoist them with my loader or excavator and hang them over the place I need to put the material. Opening the chute/nozzle on the bottom drains the material exactly where I need it.
They are also great for soil, bark mulch, firewood and wood chips. I get mine from my neighbour, Duane Post, and he doesn’t slash them, a practice which might save the farmer a little time but which ruins them for further use.
I would encourage people, (particularly farmers who always need a handy supply of gravel) to think of these bags as a convenient way to handle a variety of materials. They also work very well as easily-handled monster sandbags to divert or contain flood waters.
Be green. Use ag bags creatively.
-John Allen, Harrison Hot Springs