Greetings from the island of Dominica! The Grossman lab seeks new adventures in the land of pirates! Tony Kleese of Earth Wise Company invited us to soil sample on a historic coconut farm called Hampstead Estate. While we here we are evaluating how to integrate cover crops on an organic farm in the tropics. Mangoes, Pineapples, Bananas, Coconuts, and Rum - Oh My! It's a rough job..... but somebody has to do it.
Calling all soil geeks: These are Smectite rich soils. Smectite is associated with the shrink swell clays common in the tropics. There is no sticking the average soil probe down in there.
Old mango grove on Hampstead Estate.