Soil in hand© David Jones
Two arable growers buried their underpants in warm soils last autumn before digging them up eight week later. Analysis showed the more decomposed the pants were, the better the soil health. Russell McKenzie from Cambridgeshire and Brian Barker from Suffolk buried 100% cotton underpants with the aim of finding a simple way of measuring soil health. In soils where repeated cultivations and straw removal had taken place, the pants stayed intact. But in no-till or very low-till situations, greater microbial […]