Trimble announced this week a new agronomic service – the Soil Information System solution – as part of its Connected Farm Solution.
The SIS provides farmers with in-depth 3-D soil data that can be accessed through Connected Farm and can be used with Trimble's Farm Works farm management software or other geographic information systems platforms.
Connected Farm provides one central location for accessing key information impacting farm operations such as rainfall totals, weather forecasts, commodity tracking, planting coverage, yield mapping, fleet management, and irrigation monitoring and control.
SIS uses advanced sensors along with intelligent targeting and geo-processing algorithms to produce high resolution, accurate soil and topographic information.
By providing a greater understanding of the physical and chemical characterization of the soil, including how inputs move through the soil, Trimble says SIS enables farmers to initiate more effective solutions to resolve the unique challenges of each area of their fields.
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The SIS solution outputs multi-layer soil models, including maps of root zone depth, soil texture, plant available water, compaction depth, macro and micro-nutrient levels, soil nutrient holding capacity, and salt and toxicity concentrations.
By analyzing soil variability and patterns prior to sampling—and by using data acquisition and analysis software—SIS provides targeted recommendations on the best locations where soil samples should be taken.
In some cases, this reduces the number of samples required to provide high-quality information by as much as 60% over traditional sampling methods. As a result, the solution enables agronomists to be more efficient with in-field data collection, providing valuable time and operating cost savings.
The SIS solution is available in several service levels depending on the accuracy and resolution required for the particular crop type and the grower's production goals.
For more information on SIS, visit www.trimble.com/agriculture/sis