While the idea of off-season ground cover is not new, using cotton underwear to prove the system is working is certainly novel.
“It’s got a bit of a different outcome but that’s the comedy behind it.”
The knickers were unearthed a month later, on August 3.
Mr Daugherty said results highlighted that microbes needed carbon to survive — whether it be from plant matter or underwear — and if an idle field was planted with crop cover, the soil biology would stay healthy.
“That’s why it’s so important that we keep a living plant growing,” he said.
“Because we will consume a lot of the readily-available organic matter that we have in the soil if we do not keep priming it and keeping that living plant growing.”