How to Soil Your Undies: A Soil Science Project

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In recent years, it has been emphasized over and over that soil is alive. This has been said to everyone from elementary school students to senior cattle producers. However, it’s hard to believe some things until you see it. That’s why the Amazing Grazing team at NC State University created the Soil Your Undies demonstration.

This demonstration involves burying some pairs of 100% cotton men’s underwear in different agricultural production settings. Typically, the underwear are buried in rotationally grazed pasture, continuously grazed pasture, and tilled crop land. The underwear are then dug up after different periods of time, with the amount of biological activity in the soil being shown by the amount of underwear left. In well managed settings with exceptional soil health, there may be no evidence left of the underwear other than the elastic waistband. So, watch this short video and learn how to soil your own undies and determine the biological activity in your own soil!

Soil Your Underwear: A Glimpse at Soil Bioactivity