• Agronomy in detail, for precision agriculture that is coming.

Agronomy in detail, for precision agriculture that is coming.

Climate FieldView discusses how tools like SoilOptix® allow you to obtain data, which are loaded into FieldView for precise herbicide management.

Read the full article here, or on  Climate’s website.


SoilOptix® sensor in field.


Established in February 2017 as a partnership between Hubei Forbon Technologies, a large, progressive Chinese fertilizer company and Practical Precision, an influential precision ag technology company in southwestern Ontario.

SoilOptix® is operated by Practical Precision’s owners Paul and Barry Raymer out of their office in Tavistock, Ontario.

Paul and Barry’s vision of pushing boundaries in precision agriculture has been the driving force in bringing SoilOptix® technologies to a commercial market and combatting the status quo of soil sampling.

SoilOptix® is committed to providing you with the highest standard of soil mapping data. As we continue to serve our global customers, SoilOptix® is closely monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) around the world. Our…

Read the full version of SoilOptix's feature article in the Oxford Review's 2020 Progress Report, which tells the story of how SoilOptix came to be a global player in the precision ag industry

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  • 597112 Hwy 59 Tavistock,
    Ontario N0B 2R0 Canada
  • (519)902-(7645)
  • info@soiloptix.com

Cropcare Consulting / JTS Agrow Inc.

Box 26
Bruce, AB T0B 0R0

Trevor Thornton CCA. P.Ag.

JTS Agrow Inc.
Jordan Schmaus

Cropcare Consulting / Sunalta Fertilizers Ltd.

Box 38
Erskine, AB T0C 1G0

Trevor Thornton CCA. P.Ag.

Zach has been raised surrounding the agricultural industry. He is a graduate of Brock University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography. Zach was also a graduate student under the Environmental Sustainability Research Center. Consequently, his GIS expertise lead him to receive an ESRI Canada GIS Scholarship and advanced his knowledge in utilizing GIS with agriculture. For instance, “Crop suitability analysis in Perth County”, “Risk for erosion to vineyards along the northern Niagara Region using RMSE”, and his Masters research studying “How changing agricultural practices in Niagara effects small stream networks using GIS and Remote Sensing.” 

Zach started with Practical Precision as a summer student in 2015 before starting his Masters degree. Afterwards, he resumed his role with SoilOptix® in May 2017. 

Zach is also a die-hard baseball fan. He has worked and volunteered for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for over 10 years. Meanwhile, he continues to find time for teeing off at local golf courses during the summer and playing darts and cards with his friends on weekends.

With SoilOptix®, you get more data points, more definition and more detailed soil maps than any other system in the world at an affordable cost. The SoilOptix® system has been successfully proven by agronomists & ag retailers in Canada. As a result, it’s now being used in 11 countries around the world.

SoilOptix® delivers a higher level of customization than any system available before. Our data is Variable Rate Application-ready for seed, fertilizer and other nutrient applications. These maps are tailored to the specific soil conditions across the planting area, with unprecedented accuracy.

Physical Properties

Clay                                      Loam

Cation Exchange Capacity   Sand

Organic Matter                      Silt

Macro Nutrients

Calcium Base Saturation       Calcium

Calcium-Magnesium Ratio  Magnesium

Magnesium Base Saturation

Potassium-Magnesium Ratio

Phosphorus-Bicarb                 pH

Phosphorous-Bray                 Potassium

Potassium Base Saturation    Nitrate                                                      as N

Micro Nutrients

Aluminium                             Boron

Copper                                   Iron

Manganese                           Sodium

Sulfur                                     Zinc

Complex Models

Bulk Density                          Leakability

Plant Available Water            Elevation

The SoilOptix® sensor is non-contact and pre-calibrated upon manufacturing. The standard field practice is:

  • Mounted 2ft (0.6m) above the ground
  • Max field speeds of 12 mph (20 kph)
  • Driving in 40ft (12m) swath widths

The sensor is measuring gamma radiation that’s being naturally emitted from the soil. Specifically, it is measuring Caesium-137, Uranium-238, Thorium-232, & Potassium-40.

Traditional soil samples are pulled from strategic locations in the field, immediately after the surveying is complete.

1 soil sample must be taken for every 8 ac (3.2 ha) surveyed, with a minimum of 4 samples needed per field.

These samples are sent to your local lab for analysis. We can begin our processing once we receive these results.

Next, our Data Team intakes, analyzes, and processes the data using SoilOptix®’s proprietary software and algorithms.

We target to have your data returned back to you within 48 business hours.

High-definition nutrient & texture maps are returned dto you in generic SHP or CSV files.

Files are VRA-ready & can be easily integrated into most data platforms; including Climate Fieldview & John Deere Operations Centre.

The technology used in the SoilOptix® sensor originated in the Netherlands, before coming to Canada in 2010. Specifically, it was used as a tool for the geological mining industry.  Practical Precision saw huge potential in the technology. So, they began further researching the use of gamma radiation in agriculture to develop nutrient and texture soil maps.  With Barry since retiring, Paul operates SoilOptix® as a stand-alone company. It's office is located in Tavistock, Ontario, Canada.
The technology used in the SoilOptix® sensor originated in the Netherlands, before coming to Canada in 2010. Specifically, it was used as a tool for the geological mining industry.  Practical Precision saw huge potential in the technology. So, they began further researching the use of gamma radiation in agriculture to develop nutrient and texture soil maps.  With Barry since retiring, Paul operates SoilOptix® as a stand-alone company. It's office is located in Tavistock, Ontario, Canada.

Paul grew up on a dairy farm in Oxford County and received his certification in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Fanshawe College. There, he specialized in Mobile Equipment Design. He has a wide range of agricultural, industrial, and military experience. This includes working on various engineering teams such as John Deere and General Dynamic. As a result, Paul has been instrumental in creating a platform for GreenSeeker units and first introduced Y-Drop to the Canadian market. 

His passion for technology in agriculture has lead him to develop and educate farmers and agronomists across the world about the utilization of SoilOptix® and higher definition soil maps.

Lori was born and raised in rural Princeton, ON. Later, she headed to the beautiful north, Sault Ste. Marie, ON for post-secondary school. There, she achieved her 3-year diploma in Advertising Art & Graphic Design at Sault College of Applied Arts & Technology. 

After graduating, the rural air called her home and she spent several years designing for various newsprint and media outlets. Applying her skills and expertise she gained, she stepped foot into the green roof industry. There, she broadened her horizons and acquired new skills. Lori applied these skills in the developments of high profile projects and worked with various clientele in the architect and landscape fields across North America. Subsequently, she was instrumental in achieving several business industry awards. With the vast amount of knowledge through the years, she is enthusiastic in applying her finesse with a great team and building a career with SoilOptix®

Meanwhile, in her spare time Lori enjoys time with her husband and two beautiful daughters. She also enjoys spending time at the lake, volleyball and working out at the gym.

Cropcare Consulting

32 Pine Crescent
Portage La Prairie, MB R1N 4A9

Trevor Thornton CCA. P.Ag.

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Ryan grew up on his 6 generation family dairy farm in Leeds and Grenville, Ontario. He attended the University of Waterloo. Here, he had several co-op placements in the GIS field before he graduated with a Bachelor of Geography and Environmental Management. While attending school, Ryan had a passion for real-time strategy games (Starcraft). In doing so, he qualified for the University’ collegiate squad. After graduating, he desired to incorporate the skills cultivated from his time on the collegiate squad, his education, his interest in programming and machine learning, and his agriculture background into a career. Naturally, this made SoilOptix® a perfect fit.

Holly is currently the 4th generation to grow up on her family farm in Oxford County. She was inspired to study the environment after spending the better part of her life outside and on the farm. Holly has now earned two degrees; a Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography (Brock University) and a Post Graduate Certificate in GIS – Geospatial Management (Niagara College). Further, she has completed a number of successful projects pertaining to her geographic background. However, she is most proud of her work on “Agricultural Trends in Southwestern Ontario 2012-2015 (OMAFRA)”, “Farm Runoff and its Microbial Effects on Human Consumption and Recreation (Brock University)”, and “Soil pH Changes on a Slope, based on Drainage Capabilities (Brock University).” 

Before her post-secondary career, Holly gained her love for geography through travel across North America during her dance career. Moreover, Holly was nominated for 4 North American-wide Sadie Simpson Highland Scholarships after completing all amateur exams with top marks.

Jessica was born and raised in Innerkip, Ontario where she grew up actively involved in her community. Jessica is a people-person, and she found her passion for communications. She attended Conestoga College where she graduated with a diploma in Public Relations. Throughout her program, she had the opportunity to complete multiple marketing and communications campaigns for local businesses. Here, she found she was most interested in writing, social media management, and graphic design.  

Since graduating, Jessica has come back to her hometown and is looking forward to beginning her career as a part of the SoilOptix® team. In her spare time, she enjoys playing softball and is an avid country music fan.

Sarah grew up exploring hiking trails and parks in the Niagara Region, Ontario. She completed her Environmental Technician diploma at Niagara College, and moved onto complete a Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography and Great Books Liberal Studies at Brock University. During this time, her years of work at Agricorp helped her to grow as a researcher in the world of agricultural technology at Niagara College Research and Innovation. Additionally, in 2019 she completed her Master of Science in Environmental Science at University of Guelph where she explored and applied machine learning techniques in the field of pedometrics. 

Now, Sarah is excited to continue her exploration within the ag-tech industry with SoilOptix®.

Fabio is a Brazilian graduate with degrees in electrical and computer engineering. He has over 25 years of experience in software and hardware development for the technology industries. Fabio is a newcomer who left Brazil to provide a better life for his family in Canada. Subsequently, he has gotten involved in projects like Multispectral imaging – whether aboard an aerial drone or land robot –  to provide precise, targeted information that the human eye is incapable of seeing. This is done by capturing different bands of light; providing analysis to increase crop yields. Consequently, such technology can minimize the use of pesticides, fertilizers, and water waste.

Fabio is also a researcher and inventor who holds two patents in projects and implementation of aerial protection systems using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with cutting-edge technology.

In his spare time, Fabio enjoys cooking and playing chess.

Jen was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario. She attended Wilfrid Laurier University and worked as an Undergraduate Research Assistant. While there, her favourite project was “Using satellite imagery and vegetation indices to predict time-sensitive agricultural practices and exploring the impact on grassland bird populations.” After receiving her BSc in Geography and Geomatics, she attended the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in Nova Scotia and completed her advanced diploma in GIS. After graduating, she worked in Grey County and the Muskoka region using GIS and CAD technologies with great attention to detail. 

She is happy to join the SoilOptix® team, where her continued enthusiasm for investigating spatial data will produce quality soil maps and analysis. Additionally, Jen enjoys hiking, swimming, reading a good book and spending her free time with family and friends.

Adele was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, and moved to Toronto to complete her undergraduate degree in archaeology at U of T. During, Adele focused on Canadian archaeology, conducting archaeological excavation in B.C. on the Sunshine Coast, working in the university’s arctic archaeology lab, and beginning her career in consultant archaeology in the Greater Toronto Area. Meanwhile, Adele also took courses in GIS during her undergrad, which sparked her interest in the field. After three field seasons of working in consultant archaeology, Adele went back to school and completed her postgraduate certificate in GIS through Fanshawe College. 

Outside work, Adele loves playing guitar and being outside hiking or riding her bike. Now, she’s excited to be working at SoilOptix® and venturing into the world of precision agriculture!

Nick was born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario. He enrolled at Brock University in 2013 for Geography. There, Nick discovered his passion for GIS and the environment through his undergrad. After graduating from Brock in 2018 with a BSc, Nick enrolled in the Niagara College GIS program. In October 2019, Nick graduated with a post-graduate certificate in GIS. Further, he enjoyed working on projects related to light pollution, climate change, and historical geo-referencing. 

In his spare time, Nick enjoys hanging out with friends, playing hockey, going to the gym, and attending music festivals.

Adam was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario where he picked up and learned the game of basketball. Consequently, he deeply enjoys the game and is a huge Raptor’s fan. Further, Adam attended York University for his undergraduate degree. Here, he obtained a BA Hons. in human geography (2018 graduate). Then, he moved to the Niagara region for a year where he got his Post Graduate Certificate in GIS – Geospatial Management (2019). 

During his post-graduate year, Adam completed a number of milestones. Most importantly, his thesis project- The Bee Project- was a year long effort to promote bee education and implementation in the Niagara Region. While in Niagara, Adam also picked up a passion for recreational drone flying. As a result, this inspired him to obtain his RPAS Advanced License and is now a certified Drone Pilot. 

Adam’s passion for geography comes from his constant European travels as a child with his family. After his employment in the Drone Industry, Adam is looking forward in being a part of the SoilOptix® team and exploring the agricultural industry.

SoilOptix® measures and maps all common nutrient properties (e.g. pH, organic matter, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium), along with various soil textures (e.g. % clay, % sand, % silt). Plus, we can measure complex models like plant available water, and bulk density.