Precision ag has come a long way, but real-time insight into soil conditions and characteristics has not yet been achieved. By the end of 2023, this will be rectified with the arrival of SoilReader.
SoilReader, which is described as a ‘soil digitizer’ by its creator, employs visible and near-infrared spectrometry (VNIRS) real-time soil analysis technology to take the application of variable rate fertilizer, seeding and much more to an entirely new level.
In an exclusive article with the inventor Erik Eising, who immigrated from the Netherlands to Canada decades ago, you will discover what led him to idea and design of SoilReader. You will also be introduced to the team of top experts he assembled, in soil analytics, soil science, spectrometer engineering, software and hardware engineering, calibration development and more.
During Covid, much of the testing was done in Australia. So far, the team has filed four patents across Canada, EU and the US, and eight more are pending. Eising’s team presented SoilReader at the famous European farming exhibition, AgriTechnica in 2019 and will be back in 2023.
Find out more about the SoilReaders’ capabilities in terms of aspects like down pressure, soil depth, knowing its own depth as it takes real-time readings, mounting options, which precision ag platforms it will be able to provide data for, and what’s ahead, in a world-exclusive article that will be online Friday, December 9th.
Crop yield modelling work and carbon sequestration are showing great potential for future uses of SoilReader, but additional technology is also coming.
This Friday, we dive deeper into this exciting new technique that is to help arable farmers to maximise the efficiency of their inputs. Stay tuned!