Over the past three decades, there has been a massive global decline in soil quality. The living space of around 3.2 billion people is meanwhile affected. According to recent studies, this soil degradation costs around 300 billion euros a year and is partly responsible for migration and malnutrition. Climate change is further accelerating this trend.
A change in current farming practices is therefore the foundation for food security. Soil is not only the base for life of the organisms that make plant growth possible, it also serves as a carbon stock and is therefore an important component to reduce the CO2 content in the atmosphere.
Loss of soil fertility
Extensive farming practices have caused a loss of humus and other important nutrients in topsoil and are depriving the basis for sustainable crop production.
Harmful soil management practices, a lack of adequate legal and financial incentives, and a one-sided soil nutrient supply are the main causes for the continuous reduction of soil health. Today, 65% of emissions for food production are generated in agriculture. Of this, 30% is due to extensive soil treatment.
Data-driven soil protection and humus formation
The key to reducing emissions, which continue to heat up our climate, is the switch from extensive to regenerative agriculture. However, this transition can only succeed if production costs do not significantly increase and yields do not decrease!
Thanks to data-driven precision farming, the heterogeneity of soil properties are taken into consideration and enables optimizing field treatment. This allows placing carbon and soil nutrients where they are most needed and have the greatest impact.
Measuring and controlling soil vitality reliable and cost-effective
Our contribution to the conversion to regenerative agriculture is based on continuous monitoring of soil vitality. We combine satellite based monitoring with targeted soil sampling. The results can be easily accessed via our standard API.
The AgriCircle “Precision Sampling” method is based on algorithms which have been developed with more than 60’000 independent measuring points. The method allows a precise localization for a targeted improvement of soil vitality and is the basis for the monitoring carbon storage.
While most solutions in the market today use either expensive quantitative measurements or unprecise modeling approaches for measurement, we use a combination of remote sensing and precision sampling that brings the following advantages:
- Reduced sampling costs
- High scalability
- High acceptance (backed by science)
- Standard API which can be easily integrated into existing systems
In addition, we provide key performance data on vegetation, soil moisture, growth, disease, field drivability, and carbon storage. This data provides the farmer with strategic decision-making tools for field cultivation. Where available, this data can be transferred directly to the control units of agricultural machinery, for example in the form of fertilizer maps.
Creating trust through reliable measures
Are you a farmer yourself or you would like to support them in moving away from an extensive cultivation practice?
At the same time you want to show your customers that your products have a significantly better climate footprint?
With AgriCircle Soil Monitoring you get a measurable proof that creates trust with your customers. At the same time you help producers to make field cultivation data-driven measurable more climate friendly.
Scalable, accurate and reliable soil monitoring, combined with selected sampling.
Reduction of fertilizer costs through increased soil data quality
Highly recommended for large plots where high-resolution field maps can be created with only a few calibration points.
Well suited for CO2 compensation (carbon farming) with parallel improvement of soil health.
Developed in Switzerland. Tested across Europe.
Healthier soils and more sustainable yields thanks to a better understanding of soil.
All data and maps available via standard API.