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February 11, 2017 02:02 AM

Central Station for Ag Sensors


Sol Chip Comm (SCC) is a wireless device for improving precision ag and smart irrigation. SCC feeds data from hundreds of agriculture sensors into a server. The data on soil moisture, temperature, nutrient levels and more is used to improve yield and optimize fertilizer or water use.

Manufactured by Sol Chip, SCC is solar-powered and functions for 10 years with no maintenance. “With our LightBattery technology, Sol Chip is uniquely positioned to realize our vision of enabling billions of autonomous IoT devices for many different market sectors in a way that is cost effective and environmentally sustainable,” says Shani Keysar, CEO of Sol Chip.

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USDA Offers New Soil Data App

The Land-Potential Knowledge System (LandPKS) is an app suite focused on key aspects of soil data, including LandInfo and LandCover modules.

LandInfo allows users to collect soil and site-specific topographic data. The LandCover module documents ground cover, vegetation height, plant density and vegetation spatial patterns. Information is stored in an open access database as a means to identify management options for similar topography, soils and climate. 

Developed by a USDA soil scientist, the app is free at

Spot-On Yield Estimates


Kernel is a suite of agriculture intelligence products providing daily corn and soybean yield estimates ranging from nationwide numbers to the local farm level. Forecasts cover 175 million U.S. acres and rely on satellite and NOAA data. 

Kernel’s dashboard tracks 18 corn growing states in the U.S. and offers predicted yield, harvested area and total production. The breakdown of real-time data (updated daily) is available for a state, district or county level, and can be compared with historical USDA data. 

Accuracy and speed are vital to Kernel. According to TellusLabs, Kernel estimates were within 1% of USDA’s final soybean yield number on Sept. 13, yet USDA’s own estimates didn’t close to within 1% until Nov. 9. Corn’s final USDA mark was also closely mirrored by Kernel, ending the season again within 1% of the final tally.

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NDVI Technology Delves Deeper


NDVI Toolbox for the AgVault platform from Sentera allows growers and consultants the flexibility to view data tailored for NDVI progression over time or data crafted for NDVI around a single flight. This flexibility allows for faster management decisions.

Rather than blanketing an NDVI map with low variation of a single color, NDVI Toolbox enables dramatic color variations to display plant health relative to others in the field at a granular level.

NDVI Toolbox has two viewing options. The day-to-day view allows farmers to monitor a field over time, noting changes each day. With this option they can also pinpoint problem areas and take action. The acre-to-acre view is within a single data set, so growers can see overall field vigor and act accordingly. 

“Every time you fly with an NDVI sensor and collect data, AgVault catalogs the data and the NDVI Toolbox becomes more robust, offering increasingly accurate data,” explains Reid Plumbo, director of product management for Sentera. NDVI Toolbox is a standard feature of AgVault Pro and Viewer software licenses.

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