Precision Planting launches fully automated soil sampling laboratory

16-08 | |
Radicle Labs is part of a suite of new tools called Radicle Agronomics, which is to enable agronomists discard manual and error-prone processes. - Photo: Precision Planting
Radicle Labs is part of a suite of new tools called Radicle Agronomics, which is to enable agronomists to discard manual and error-prone processes. - Photo: Precision Planting

Precision Planting has launched Radicle Lab, a fully automated soil sampling laboratory. With Radicle Lab, agronomists can run hundreds of soil samples unattended.

According to Precision Planting the patent-pending Microflow technology built into Radicle Lab removes all human touches which occur during the traditional laboratory process, giving agronomists the confidence to produce a precision soil analysis in minutes without lifting a finger.

“Radicle Lab is a result of six years of development, dozens of pending patents, and a large team of scientists and engineers all working together,” Dale Koch, product manager for Precision Planting said.

Radicle Agronomics

GeoPress mounts on any field-ready vehicle and automatically blends and stores the soil sample in a geo-referenced, reusable container. - Photo: Precision Planting
GeoPress mounts on any field-ready vehicle and automatically blends and stores the soil sample in a geo-referenced, reusable container. – Photo: Precision Planting

Radicle Lab is part of a suite of tools called Radicle Agronomics. It works in conjunction with GeoPress, which is to eliminate the chore of record-keeping and bag-handling in soil sampling. GeoPress mounts on any field-ready vehicle and automatically blends and stores the soil sample in a geo-referenced, reusable container. These full containers are then returned to Radicle Lab where they are loaded into the system, associated with the field location, and analyzed for soil nutrients.

Between the shop and the field, data flows seamlessly between GeoPress and Radicle Lab, eliminating the hassle of hand-labeled samples.

To complete the suite, a cloud-based software package connects all steps of the field-to-lab process so agronomists can deliver nutrient management recommendations to their clients.

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