Digital Direction – The silent call of the soil


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Download PDF Ever wondered what your soil is trying to tell you? CPM profiles a new service, using a tool that picks up a soil’s unique signature to give a window on its world. For me, that’s what’s exciting – using the technology to unlock the secrets of the soil. By Tom Allen-Stevens A certain amount of care is applied as the sodium-iodine crystal, encased in its carbon fibre tube, is placed in the foam-filled carry case, ready to move to the next site. It lies at the heart of what Hutchinsons believes is a “game-changing” soil-mapping service, that will quite literally unearth a wealth of spatial data that’s never before been captured. “A lot of farmers have already used precision farming technology to make the big gains, through nutrient mapping and soil conductivity scans,” says Hutchinsons precision technology manager, Oliver Wood. “TerraMap delivers the data behind that in far higher resolution and sets a new standard for accuracy. But it has the potential to go much further – many growers are now looking for the marginal gains that will lift them off the yield plateau. For me, that’s what’s exciting – using the technology to unlock the secrets of…
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