Teralytic Releases NPK Soil Probe for Preordering
Soil analytics company Teralytic is releasing a limited number of its wireless soil probe today. Each probe contains 26 sensors, including the world’s first wireless NPK sensor, and will be delivered in time for the 2019 planting season.
"The collection of data in real time allows growers to make more informed decisions regarding fertilization and irrigation," says Meagan Hynes, PhD, Teralytic VP of soil science. “I’m also excited about the potential to use fertility and respiration data to evaluate soil health.”
Combining a focus on soil health with artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cloud technologies, Teratylic reduces inputs and saves producers time diagnosing the soils. By improving soil health in the fields, farmers can produce more food with fewer resources.
"While drone and camera-based technologies can find problems as they appear on the plants, Teralytic’s probe warns farmers of changes in the soils before they become problems,” says Steven Ridder, founder and CEO of Teralytic.
On the job 24-7
Traditionally, soil testing is a manual and time-intensive process that can take days or weeks. These sensors, however, check and report on soil quality 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, allowing farmers to take action sooner.
Following are some of the sensors included in the probe:
- A microclimate sensor that measures air, temperature, humidity, and light.
- Soil sensors that measures soil moisture, salinity, temperature, pH, and NPK.
- Gas sensors that measures aeration and respiration.
- Sensors that take a snapshot of soil conditions every 15 minutes.
In addiiton, probes connect to a gateway through LoRa wireless technology. The gateway sends data to the cloud via cellular, satellite, or a standard internet connection, which can be accessed on any cellular device or desktop computer.
Farmers can also look ahead and gain insights about soil’s fertility now and into the future on an easy-to-use dashboard.
There is a 10-probe minimum starter bundle ($5,000 total) for this release, and each additional probe will be $500 each. This includes the LoRa gateway to connect probes and all the software necessary to run Teralytic’s analytics and generate custom insights.