soil mapping

With SoilOptix® soil mapping technology and software, growers can discover pockets of opportunity in their fields.

Soil Maps Are One-of-a-kind Innovation

  • Soil mapping has become common practice in precision farming, which employs cutting-edge technology to acquire the most exact information about the condition of the soil, the weather, and the crops. Farmers benefit from the soil mapping software in the following ways:
  • Soil Composition: Understanding which soil elements exist is critical to determining which crops or varieties best suit each land parcel.
  • Soil texture: Knowing the soil's surface allows farmers to determine which fertilizers they can apply at any given time and location.
  • Ph and conductivity: It is critical to determine soil variables such as ph and conductivity to select fertilizers and other nutrients better.
  • Fertility levels: Knowing what fertility may be expected from a land plot is essential for selecting the best crop cultivation periods.

Soil testing

Soil testing is more necessary than ever because of the changes in crop and fertilizer prices. Over the past two years, soil sampling and analysis costs have increased immensely, while fertilizer prices have risen so many times. To get the most precise fertilizer recommendations and provide a heightened level of efficiency, you'll require the following:

  • good soil samples and well-based soil sample information; and
  • soil test calibration relationships that reflect both crop response and profit response.

Why Should You Test Your Soil Layer?

The soil in our farmlands is the heart of the growing machine! Soil testing gives you a diagnosis of the health of the ground.

Soil testing takes the guesswork out of amending your soil. A soil test shows you precisely what your soil is missing and the correct amount of fertilizer or organic matter to add to gain the proper nutrient balance.

Quality and balance in soil are crucial factors for achieving higher yields every time. Therefore, farmers should collect soil samples frequently to detect any changes that could impact crop yield. It's recommended to perform soil analysis every 3-4 years. However, it is ideal for practicing soil analysis as frequently as possible, significantly when growing annual crops. In this case, it is recommended to take soil analysis after every third crop in the rotation.

When To Soil Test?

Therefore, soil tests should be completed as close to the sowing event as possible. This is because soil characteristics can vary to some degree due to multiple factors, such as rainfall. The closer the test is to sowing, the more likely it will reflect the soil at sowing time. Make sure to factor in the time for the soil samples to be tested, and the results returned. This is so they can influence fertilizer decisions at the beginning of the season. So why are you waiting for?

soil carbon testing

There are two forms of Carbon in soil – organic and inorganic. The organic portion of soil carbon evolves from living organisms, being decomposed by microbes and their nutrients are then stored in the soil. Soil organic carbon (SOC) is also used to estimate soil health and fertility, and it is the carbon component of soil organic importance (SOM). Soil organic carbon is the most abundantly found form of soil carbon. However, it is less stable and readily oxidized, and inorganic Carbon is a mineralized form, primarily seen as carbonates in the soil. It is also not a food source for microbes.

Different forms of Carbon in Soil

Soil Organic matter is one form of Carbon in the soil. Carbon essentially exists in three states in the ground:

  • Mineral carbon – which is carbonates and includes calcrete and carbonate nodules
  • Pyrolyzed Carbon –also known as black Carbon, includes the natural soots and chars but coke, breeze, clinker and carbonaceous slag from boilers and furnaces.
  • Organic Carbon – which makes up about 45% of all organic matter

Pyrolyzed Carbon can have a role to play in increasing the quantity of organic Carbon sequestered in low-charge soils. Still, in specific methodologies, soil carbon standards cannot be considered soil carbon when bio-char is imported or produced from offsite.

Several test methods of assessing soil carbon cycling include water-extractable Carbon, Active Carbon, soil respiration and enzyme activities, etc.

Carbon is the backbone of soil organic matter and the primary food source of soil microorganisms. Therefore, keep a check to help assess your soil’s health and understand nutrient cycling. With careful management, preserving and depositing soil organic matter can improve soil productivity, resulting in greater farm profitability. Therefore, get in touch with our experts at SoilOptix® now!

soil fertility

Soil fertility refers to soil’s potential to create favourable chemical, physical, and biological conditions and provide all the essential nutrients to support plant growth. Soil fertility is critical for the development of plants and influences their yield. Fertile fields are a great asset to farmers. But improper agricultural management can lead to land depletion.

Remembering the importance of fertilizers and environmentally friendly cultivation methods in increasing field fertility is critical. High yields can be obtained from poor fields with appropriate soil fertility management practices. Hence, growers who understand how topreserve soil fertility can maximize and maintain farmland productivity over time.

Growing plants in the appropriate spot, with the correct soil pH, water, light and soil preparation, can make a world of difference to the amount of supplementary feeding plants require. Therefore, this should always be the first thing to consider.

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ABOUT SOILOPTIX®

We are a team of enthusiastic soil scientists, data processors, and support staff, determined to help you ensure your agricultural and farm lands enjoy the best soil health! At SoilOptix®, we provide growers with soil analysis results that allow them to make the most informed on-farm decisions. We offer over 25 data layers based on the soil sample lab results, including macro and micronutrients, base saturations, textures, and complex models like bulk density.

Furthermore, we are constantly researching and testing new layers to offer. From soil mapping to soil carbon sequestration to our Soil Health Suite, you can find everything you need for an in-depth analysis of your topsoil layer.