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Gain Confidence w/ Automated Soil Sampling

Jordan Anderson 06/04/2014 @ 10:07am Digital Content Editor for Successful Farming magazine and Agriculture.com

Soil sampling is one of the inevitable, time-consuming duties of farmers each fall. While taking dozens of samples with a hand probe, you constantly have to ask yourself, “Did I get enough samples?” “Are they the right depth?” 

Cue Allan Baucom. Taking all of the battles of inconsistent samples into consideration, Baucom developed the Falcon Automated Soil Sampler – a machine that achieves efficiency, precision, and consistency with quality standards.

We’re taking a probe every 15 ft. The Falcon takes the number of probes across an area then mixes and creates a homogenous sample to where the quality of the results will be consistent across an area, says Baucom.

Soil samples are used to get a grasp on fertility elements Boron, Zinc, Copper, etc. – components that make up the structure, quality, and chemical component of the soil which all go to what is needed to produce a quality, productive crop, explains Baucom. Consistent, reliable sampling allows the farmer to be comfortable apply needed fertilizers on a field. 

The Falcon soil sampler is a patented machine that isn’t currently in the marketplace. However, they’ve tested it on about 25,000 thus far. They hope to have it in the marketplace in time for soil sampling this fall.

Be one of the first farmers to see this innovative, futuristic tool! Baucom will have a Falcon Automated Soil Sampler at each of the three Tools of the Future dates in Urbandale, Iowa (June 12); Bloomington, IL (June 17); and West Lafayette, IN (June 19). To see more information and to sign up for the Tools of the Future nearest you go to: agriculture.com/toolsofthefuture.


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