SOIL DATA

Farming starts with soil.  Soil provides the plants with nutrients and water. It is very important to understand nutrient levels in the soil before growing a crop. It’s even more important to identify the variability within that field.

Farm Tech offers traditional bulk soil sampling to precise, zone-targeted sampling. Below are some examples. FarmTech can use historic yield data or satellite imagery to generate productivity zones.  More information can be found here on zones and prescriptions.

 Farm Tech is one of the few precision ag companies to offer VerisTM soil scanning to identify the physical soil differences within a field. This data set is independent of management and is the right place to start if you don’t have good yield data.

Bulk Soil

This is a traditional bulk soil sample.  Each point is GPS mapped so it can be located in following years. All soils are mixed up in to one bag and sent to Midwest labs for analysis.

Bulk recommendations are created for each field and a summary report can be generated to give entire client or farm totals for easy budget planning

Zone Map
This is taking some form of data (yield, satellite imagery, veris, ground based remote sensing, elevation, etc) and breaks the field up in to different zones. Each zone is sampled separately. Soils are sent to Midwest labs for analysis.  More information on zones and prescriptions is available here.

This is taking some form of data (yield, satellite imagery, veris, ground based remote sensing, elevation, etc) and breaks the field up in to different zones. Each zone is sampled separately. Soils are sent to Midwest labs for analysis.

Tundra with Veris

Above is a veris probe being pulled by a Toyota Tundra. The Tundra is fully equipped with Topcon AGI3, X30 display and AES for steering. Mapping is done using RTK to generate very accurate elevation maps.

The probe sends an electric current through the soil and resistance is measured. The value is recorded on the controller in the cab. Two depths (1 foot and 3 feet) and elevation are recorded in one second intervals. Below are two maps created from a veris scan.

Veris Deep Zones
Zone map created using the 3 feet scan data set.
Veris Elevation
Zone map created using the elevation data set