Soil Information System

Soil Information System™ (SIS) solution is an industry leading soil map solution that uses advanced sensors and 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, SIS enables farmers’ trusted advisors to implement more effective solutions to resolve the unique challenges of each area of their fields. This soil map can be used to make critical farm management decisions with irrigation, drainage, fertility, and more.

Key Features:

  • Assess detailed soil properties for each field such as soil texture, compaction, root zone depth, moisture retention and availability, and soil fertility.
  • View soil analysis for the top 48 inches (122 cm) of the field’s surface in 3D.
  • Download soil maps into your farm management software application, including Trimble Ag Software or other third-party software systems.
  • Create variable rate application maps from the soil map to help maximize plant growth.
Use a SIS soil map for variable rate application.

Types of SIS Maps

SIS offers precise 3D soil models for dozens of soil physical and chemical characteristics including:

  • Root zone depth
  • Soil texture (clay, sand, coarse fragment content)
  • Moisture holding capacity
  • Compaction characteristics
  • Macro and micro-nutrient levels
  • Salt and toxicity concentrations

Application Examples

SIS makes it possible to obtain a complete picture of the land you are considering before purchase or development. With a SIS analysis you will be able to predict a field’s potential for growing capacity and identify challenges that will come up in the course of layout and planting. SIS helps growers avoid the pitfalls associated with sub-optimal soil properties that can permanently limit crop quality and yield.

The single greatest opportunity a grower has to influence the long-term output of any field, vineyard, or orchard comes with the design and planting of a new field. Utilizing the SIS ensures that growers are able to design and prepare fields that are optimized for the long-term. SIS makes it possible to know precisely where to add deep-root amendments, select and plant crop varieties based on known moisture holding characteristics, and minimize in-field variability.

SIS gives growers the tools they need to optimize growing conditions and improve overall crop quality. Plant materials within a field may be uniform, but the soils in which those crops grow are not. With SIS, growers can assess the variability within a field and treat different zones according to their unique needs, thereby raising quality to the highest grade achievable throughout the field.

Despite best efforts, sub-par field areas can vex even the most committed grower. SIS can eliminate the guesswork and experimentation that goes into “fixing” these areas by revealing the exact factors that are limiting yield. Understand what keeps these areas from meeting production standards and design a strategy to bring all field areas to maximum growing capacity.

Growers can immediately improve their bottom line by employing more efficient watering, fertilizer, and amendment application strategies. The difficulty comes with knowing where and to what degree you can reduce inputs without compromising crop quality. SIS makes it possible to target applications – making sure expensive inputs are used efficiently. Growers using SIS data no longer need to manage to the lowest common denominator, instead they can take advantage of naturally occurring availability while concentrating on helping low-productivity areas achieve higher yield and quality.

“The Soil Information System (SIS) gives me the details about the soil beyond anything I could imagine. As farmers and consultants, we are very knowledgeable about our crops and what happens above the soil line. Now with SIS the whole picture is complete. I compare SIS to an MRI when looking at the grower’s soils, and with that valuable MRI in hand; I can confidently make literally million dollar decisions.”

Steve Harrow

Certified Crop Advisor, Trinity Ag Services

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