By Tim Kowols
Farmer Lee Kinnard has found several cotton diapers in his fields this week, but it is all part of an experiment he and his outdoor and agronomy teams took part in over the winter. The crew planted 10 cotton diapers in the fields of Kinnard Farms last November in areas with varying degrees of manure application, cover crop usage, and other soil conservation techniques. Kinnard has seen the “disappearing diaper experiment” done at other farms and says the soil that was healthiest did the best job with the decomposition because of its microbial life.
Final results will be determined by drying and weighing what is left of the diapers, which Kinnard says was between 30 to nearly 100 percent decomposed depending on the test field. Test results will be released at a later date. You can learn more about the Kinnard Farms’ experiment online with this story.