Soil sampling, GPS mapping & Data management
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Why Soil Sample?
~ Gives us information necessary in the decision making process for inputs.
~ Allows us to VRT (variable rate) applications, by placing the right inputs on the right acre, at the right time, which:
~ Enhances the odds of a greater ROI.
- Black Sand Granary provides IN-HOUSE labor, testing, and scripts.
- We work for the grower directly.
- YOU own the data. The customer has access to their data at all times, meaning you make the decision of when and where you data goes.
How it works
Step 1: Mapping.
Using a customer-provided boundary we digitize imagery, or import files and download soil type information.
A grid is laid-out, which guides us while sampling.
Step 2: Sampling.
Step 2: Sampling. Soil cores are pulled from each of the points and put into corresponding labeled bags.
Step 3: Lab Work.
The soil samples are shipped to an accredited laboratory for a complete analysis. Our 'typical' test package includes the following: Organic Matter, Phosphorus, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium and Hydrogen and Soil pH.
Step 4: Analysis.
Converting raw data into a visual representation: results flow through an algorithm, which is proprietary to Black Sand Granary and based off standards of yield removal published by Iowa State University. Software takes this compiled raw data [which is geo-referenced] and plots it within the field boundary. During this process, the data is also interpolated: merging the individual geo-referenced points and corresponding data to the field itself.
Above: Potassium levels via results from soil sampling, and
Below: VRT Potash recommendations based on those reports.
Step 5: Data overlay & review of records.
Yield-limiting factor(s) are determined and reported. Upon consultation with the producer, an economical build or maintenance program that is based on crop rotation and yield goal(s) is facilitated.
Step 6: Data storage & reporting.
Data is placed in the customer file for easy access – any time, any place, and is always password protected. At the discretion of the customer, data is exported to the applicator.
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