Soiltech Wireless launches its latest software innovation, Growing Degree Day (GDD) tracking, to its sensor and cloud platform. Building on the real-time soil and temperature tracking capabilities, the new function allows farmers to automate GDD calculations wirelessly.
Growing Degree Day tracking facilitates crop health monitoring and enables optimal timing of chemical applications.
“Soiltech’s intelligent GDD tracker eliminates the need for trips to the field to pull data from loggers and removes the time-consuming manual inputting and averaging of temperatures,” Soiltech CEO Ehsan Soltan says. “Simply set your start date, base temperature, and maximum temperature thresholds and the cloud platform does the rest.”
SoilTech sensor technology precisely records and transmits data for soil moisture, temperature, humidity, location, and impacts that may create bruising across the lifecycle of a crop.
A device is planted in the ground with the crop at planting – no complex setup or SIM card registration required. Actionable data is recorded and communicated through the cloud, viewable on a phone app and web platform throughout the growing season. During harvest, the device collects data to provide insights when bruising is most likely to occur. Post-harvest, it tracks trucks on the road from field to cellar and from cellar to processor.
Soiltech sensors utilize a CAT-M1 LTE technology that allows for greater reach in range, bandwidth, and data load. The signal from the device is sent through the soil and through any crop cover by existing cell towers. This eliminates the need for a farmer to install his own gateway or other devices to aid with the connection.
“The data is accessible in one place in real-time,” Soltan says. “A farmer can look at trend lines of moisture, compare field performance in terms of yield, and use all of the information to direct strategies.”
Soiltech technology can be used in a variety of crops: potatoes, corn, onions, sugar beets, sweet potatoes, hay, alfalfa, barley, beans, watermelon, and cotton.