Furthermore, the accuracy and precision of STI soil information allows growers to predict patterns of variation in crop characteristics (e.g. anthocyanin content, degrees brix, sugar levels, yield metrics, etc.) across a site and thereby modify and enhance their management.
Address problem areas by identifying zones of high soil compaction – Soil compaction impacts crop quality by limiting drainage, aeration, and root exploration. Using SIS, growers can precisely identify a field’s compaction issues and target particular areas for remediation or adjust irrigation and fertilization levels in those areas to accommodate root zone limitations.
Bring all field areas to optimal growth by determining irrigation priorities – Over or under-watering is one of the most common limiting factors affecting crop quality. Even when plants within a field have similar moisure requirements, the soil beneath the plants may have variable rates of retention and drainage. With SIS growers can minimize the effect of variable soils by implementing an irrigation strategy that accounts for variations in moisture holding characteristics.Achieve optimal growth and yield with targeted fertilizer and amendment applications – Without a clear picture of existing nutrients levels it is it is nearly impossible to satisfy the variable needs that are present in different parts of a field. SIS information helps growers target fertilizer and amendment applications to ensure the sufficient and balanced soil nutrient availability that results in high quality and yield.