Because every square foot is unique

What we do

We are passionate about using technology to help farmers understand and improve their soil health to grow better crops and feed the world. SoilOptix® is inspired to bring to agriculture a new one-of-a-kind, affordable soil analysis system that sets a new standard for accuracy in precision agriculture. Offering much more than traditional soil measurement practices, SoilOptix® delivers the highest definition and most detailed field nutrient maps obtainable today. This empowers growers to make the best decisions for management and soil stewardship. SoilOptix® is your best choice, because every square foot is unique.

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SoilOptix® Digital High-Definition
Top Soil Mapping System

We believe that everything starts with the soil. In order to capture the full potential of their field, growers need to know what the soil is providing them with. With SoilOptix®, growers and agronomists get the most in-depth analysis of their soil with a resolution of approximately 335 points per acre. SoilOptix® gives growers a deeper understanding of the variability in fertility and textural-based properties of their soil.

For decades, low definition soil tests have only scratched the surface.

Conventional soil testing averages only 1 to 2 samples per acre, delivering accuracy of only about 15% on soil fertility. Results between these points can vary significantly, with results that can be misleading, especially for programming variable rate input equipment. Today’s application technology demands greater accuracy!

Layers developed to date

Texture
Clay Sand
Loam Silt
Macro Nutrients
Calcium pH
Calcium Base Saturation Phosphorus – Bicarb
Calcium-Magnesium Ratio Phosphorus – Bray
CEC Potassium
Magnesium Potassium Base Saturation
Magnesium Base Saturation Potassium-Magnesium Ratio
Organic Matter
Micro Nutrients
Aluminum Nitrate as N
Boron Sodium
Copper Sulfur
Iron Zinc
Manganese
Complex Models
Bulk Density Plant Available Water (PAW)
Hydraulic Conductivity Elevation

335 DATA POINTS PER ACRE

What others are saying. . .

Mike Strang

Mike Strang, an Exeter cashcropper and Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario director, discovered SoilOptix® technology and immediately was drawn to its detailed mapping results. He discusses the many benefits that these comprehensive maps have brought to his business at Strang Farms and his thoughts on SoilOptix®’s future with his operation.

Chuck Baresich

Chuck Baresich is a cash cropper in Bothwell, Ontario. Alongside his brother, he owns and operates their farm Haggerty Creek Ltd. After having SoilOptix® test out a few of his fields at home, he was shocked by the detail and accuracy of the mapping technology, and is eager to recommend SoilOptix® to other producers.

Tyler Vollmershausen

As a cash crop farmer in Innerkip, Tyler Vollmershausen experienced difficulties with soil readings in the past. With the use of SoilOptix® technologies, he was able to have more accurate soil maps and increase his yield.

SoilOptix® news feed

Could you use a 25-layer soil map?

Farmers in Ontario, Canada now have access to soil-mapping technology that uses radiation sensors in conjunction with traditional soil sampling. This somewhat new-to-Canada technology is being touted as a next-level method of measuring soil fertility, as well as water retention capability.


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Digging around in the dirt might not be the best way to sample soil

The tube holding the SoilOptix® sensor is mounted to the front of the truck and passes over the field, gathering information about what lies below. Paul Raymer, left, and Zach Harmer say their system for collecting soil data can provide producers with a continuous picture of their soils, rather than a series of snapshots.


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Top Crop February 2016

Top Crop Manager features a more detailed insight on soil analysis technologies including SoilOptix® and the benefits they provide towards sensing soil variations.

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New for Soil Management

Shedding light on the latest soil analysis technology, this article highlights features of SoilOptix® technologies, including the 335 data points per acre, which set it apart from other soil analysis technologies.

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Ontario Farmer

As one of the drivers behind SoilOptix®, Paul Raymer’s thoughts and introduction to the SoilOptix soil analysis solution are detailed in the article, alongside a documentation of its unique qualities.

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Top Crop December 2016

Top Crop Manager compiles an article detailing studies surrounding fertility recommendations in soil, as well as raising phosphorous and potassium levels in the soil. They also feature a spotlight on SoilOptix® and how the technology corresponds closely with these objectives.

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How it works

The SoilOptix® scanner reads gamma rays emitted by the soil that provide a complex picture of its condition at 335 points per acre. Physical soil samples are integrated into our readings. SoilOptix® uses proprietary software to translate this information into high definition digital maps. The resulting data is VRA ready to maximize seeding and input performance.

Want to know more? Check out the FAQs below.

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FAQs

What is the SoilOptix® sensor measuring?

The SoilOptix® sensor is measuring gamma radiation; a form of penetrating electromagnetic radiation emitted through the natural decay of a radioactive source. In the case of SoilOptix®, this source is the soil. It is consistently decaying and emitting gamma rays which are detected by the sensor. There are four different types of stable isotopes that are measured; Thorium-232, Uranium-238, Potassium-40 and Caesium-138.

Do I still need to take soil samples?

Upon completing the survey of the field, soil samples are taken in distinct locations in the field based on the radiation gathered from the sensor. For every 8 acres sampled in a field, one soil sample must be taken, with a minimum of 4 samples needed. Depending on topsoil depth, samples should be taken between 6-10”. At each sample location the vehicle and sensor must sit and run continuously for 90 seconds to calibrate the radiation at location.

How often does a field need to be surveyed by the SoilOptix® sensor?

Once a field has been surveyed, the raw radiation data can be used for up to 8 years. After an initial scan and sampling, soil samples can be extracted from the same spot at different time intervals and new models and maps can be generated.

How fast can I drive?

The technology of the sensor allows for units to travel up to 12mph in 40’ swath widths. Data, at this speed, is collected every 3-5’, providing 335 data points in every acre.

Are there any calibrations to be done from field to field?

No, the sensor is calibrated upon manufacturing and field ready once delivered to you. There is no field to field calibration required, just a distinct name in the logging software for the field project.

What is the suggested swath width?

SoilOptix® recommends between 40’ and 50’. For small acre fields, smaller swath widths are recommended, allowing higher definition soil maps to be provided.

What data layers can SoilOptix® provide?

Based on the soil lab report you send in, SoilOptix® can provide over 25 different data layers including macro and micro nutrients, base saturations, textures, and complex models (e.g. bulk density, hydraulic conductivity, plant available water).

How does soil moisture and ground cover affect readings?

Surveying in the rain and over standing water should not be done as radon emitted from these sources can affect the radiation readings. Soil moisture has no effect on the sensor, allowing for surveying to be completed in up to 4” of light snow. Ground cover of any sort does not affect the sensor, as it is specifically measuring radiation caused by the decay of soil.

What can I mount the SoilOptix® sensor on?

The sensor can be mounted on any vehicle which can travel across difficult landscapes (e.g. Jeeps, trucks or side-by-side RTVs). Vehicles should be able to travel at 12mph consistently. Mounting examples can be seen below and further dimensions and information can be obtained through SoilOptix®. Interference below the sensor from the bracket should be avoided as this can mask the radiation being measured from the ground.

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For further information on the SoilOptix® system and how it can provide you with greater accuracy in soil analysis, please complete and submit this form. Tell us how you might use this technology in your business.  Thank you for your interest in SoilOptix®!

Contact information

597112 Hwy 59
Tavistock, On.
N0B 2R0
(519)902-SOIL(7645)
info@soiloptix.com

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