NEW YORK, N.Y. — Soil analytics company Teralytic has released a limited number of their wireless soil probes to be delivered in time for the 2019 planting season. The Teralytic probe contains 26 sensors, including the world’s first wireless NPK sensor, and its platform helps farmers produce more food with fewer resources by improving soil health in the fields. Probes are available worldwide and can be pre-ordered now through the Teralytic website.
"The collection of data in real-time allows growers to make more informed decisions regarding fertilization and irrigation," says Meagan Hynes, PhD, Teralytic's vice president 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 AI, machine learning and cloud technologies, Teralytic aims to reduce inputs and save farmers time by diagnosing the soils. "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.
Traditionally, soil testing is a manual and time-intensive process that can take days or weeks. But Teralytic’s sensors continuously check and report on soil quality—24 hours a day and 365 days a year—so farmers can take action sooner:
- Microclimate sensorsmeasure air temperature, humidity and light; soil sensorsmeasure soil moisture, salinity, soil temperature, pH and NPK; and gas sensors measure aeration and respiration.
- Sensors take a snapshot of soil conditions every 15 minutes.
- Probes connect to a gateway through LoRa wireless technology. The gateway sends data to the cloud via either cellular, satellite or a standard internet connection, which can be accessed on any cellular device or desktop computer.
- Farmers can 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.
Teralytic is a soil analytics company that makes it easy for farmers to grow more using less, while reducing the environmental impact of agriculture. Teralytic’s wireless probe contains 26 sensors to provide the most detailed soil quality data available, reporting soil moisture, salinity and NPK at three different depths, as well as aeration, respiration, air temperature, light and humidity. With no wires, no antennas and an incredibly easy set-up, we provide customized recommendations and send real-time alerts to farmers’ phones and desktops. For more information visit www.teralytic.com.