Tennessee Farmer Uses His Underwear To Test Soil… And It Works

Brings a whole new meaning to the term “soiled drawers.”

The Coffee County Soil Conservation District is an environmental conservation organisation in Manchester, south of Nashville, where the main industries are corn, soybeans, and cattle grazing.

On July 3, the organisation buried several pairs of cotton underwear across the region in different soils that had been managed in varying ways.

“This is just a simple test where you can compare some different management systems,” said district conservationist Adam Daugherty. “The theory is, the more active the microbes in your soil are, the quicker the underwear cotton fibres will be consumed by the biology.”

“Traditionally, fields sit idle [between crops] with harvested residue from the combines on them,” he said. “We’ve filled a niche in this time with diverse cover crop systems, keeping a live plant growing and absorbing sunlight all year long. What we’re doing this for is trying to biologically repriming, rejuvenating our soils.”

Hey, whatever works right? Apparently, this guy is a revolutionary.

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A beer bottle on a dock