Gers: They bury their underpants to test soil fertility

The Basics A dozen Gers farmers buried underpants a month ago to assess the biological activity of their soil. A first in the department. The Chamber of Agriculture wanted to expand the test by launching a call for volunteers on social networks.

A month ago, Cyril Duffaut buried several briefs on his Gimont and Escorneboeuf properties. Thick underwear made of 100% cotton, untreated, buried 20 cm deep. Like a dozen Gers farmers belonging to the Dephy network (see box), wheat, soybeans, sunflowers, barley, field beans, oats and corn farmers made little use of this method …