What does that mean?
You can see the texture of it where we knocked out a dead tree. That soil won't hold enough water and oxygen enough during dry periods to stay spongy when you walk over it. Tillage has taken its toll over the decades. This silt loam soil needs more organic matter, among other things.
He had taken out his pocket knife and dug up a top layered fracture of one of the fields on our new farm. We got a good buy on that farm a year ago because no one else bid higher. Maybe they knew something I didn't but we were tickled pink to get it.
When soil doesn't have enough organic matter or structure and it gets hot and dry for a few weeks, it usually collapses. Keith's soil doesn't do that, it stays pumped up like a body builder. I want to make my soil more like his but I only have a few years left to do it.
My soil will never be that good, but it can still be productive, full of life and on the road to recovery. It doesn't have to be beat to death and lack structure like it does today. It's already on the right path due to lime, fertilizer and timely planting. A wheat crop with the straw blown back on it will improve its biology and structure but it takes time! It takes so much time so we must start now.
Most would say pour the manure to it but we don't have easy access to manure. I have not seen any manure test without pretty high amounts of glyphosate in it so I don't want to go that direction, either.
Green manure is my best bet and a wheat crop comes closest to providing that, except I plan to steal the protein and carbohydrate from it and sell it.
Does your soil collapse when it dries up? I would say most soils around here do.
What can you do next to improve it and keep it pumped up longer?