Smart farming platform makes connected soil a reality

May 01, 2018 //By Rich Pell
Smart farming platform makes connected soil a reality
Agriculture technology (AgTech) company CropX (San Francisco, CA and Tel Aviv, Israel) has announced am enhanced soil intelligence platform that combines cloud-based Ag analytics software and advanced soil sensor technology.

The platform is designed to enable farmers to dramatically increase crop yield and reduce water, fertilization, and energy costs. Offered as an affordable and easy-to-use solution, its soil sensors and intelligence platform integrate with top irrigation systems to let farmers know - via any smartphone, tablet, or computer - if/when specific parts of a field need to be watered, and, if so, and how much water they need.

The company says its Ag analytics software platform offer users a variety of enhancements:

  • A registration process that allows users to instantly access data from newly installed sensors without mapping a field
  • A new "Field Drawing" capability that ensures the platform automatically knows important information about a newly installed sensor and the soil it is in based on USDA data, weather, and calculated evapotranspiration (ET) for the specific geo-location
  • Immediate anomaly detection that alerts farmers when there might be an issue, such as unusual changes in moisture
  • Expansive insights by individual sensors, fields or zones – from current moisture to fill and drainage points
  • Integration of weather data, including three-day ET forecasts
  • And more control over how often sensors send data and who can access data with the addition of transmission and user setting options.

The company now offers three versions of its spiral soil sensor - the CropX Basic Sensor , the CropX Pro Sensor , and the CropX Deep Sensor - all of which are claimed to deliver more accurate readings than traditional soil sensors by eliminating soil disruption and preventing preferential flow. In addition, the company says, the CropX Deep Sensor now gives farmers an easy way to get accurate soil moisture, temperature, and electrical conductivity readings at three specific depths - 8, 18, and 36 inches underground.

"Farmers are facing tough business and environmental challenges, and many are overwhelmed by the amount of smart farming options now at their disposal," says CropX CEO Tomer Tzach. "Unfortunately, many smart

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