Syngenta announces new soil health mapping service, built with Ontario-based SoilOptix platform

Syngenta has announced a new soil health mapping service called Interra Scan.

The service, which offers precision soil analysis to help growers and agronomists with crop nutrition and soil health decisions, will be initially available to continental and Eastern European growers.

Interra Scan has a key Canadian connection — the soil scan begins with Tavistock, Ontario’s SoilOptix technology.

SoilOptix is the first step of the Interra Scan service, Syngenta says in a press release. Soil is scanned using gamma-ray technology to map all of the common nutrient and physical soil properties, including pH, soil texture, organic matter, carbon, and cation exchange capacity, as well as elevation and plant water availability.

Physical soil samples are also collected, then that raw scan, soil data, and soil samples are combined and processed to produce up to 27 high-definition soil property layers.

Agronomists and farmers using the service can then access these soil layer maps through a digital platform and develop variable rate application maps for crop input applications

Using SoilOptix means that field scanning can happen at more times of the year, as it is not affected by soil moisture, compaction, crop cover or cultivation state, Syngenta says.

Syngenta adds that by providing an accurate baseline measurement of both organic and active carbon in the soil, Interra Scan can enable growers to adjust their farming systems leading to long-term soil health benefits.