Published: September 17, 2014
The Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.
A Purdue University agronomist has developed soil-mapping technology that provides visual information about soil functionality and productivity, which could increase profitability for farmers and growers as they cultivate their crops. Phillip R. Owens, Purdue University associate professor of agronomy, demonstrates how a farmer’s field can be mapped to show predicted crop yield with his technology. His functional soil mapping technology is available for licensing and developing through the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization.
The computer algorithms that we developed exploit the relationship between soil properties and the landscape. We then use the same algorithms to determine precise locations in the fields to sample so we can create the best possible map with a limited number of samples,” she said. “After sampling, we use Geographical Information Systems, or GIS, technology to develop beautiful, color-image maps that farmers can use in the field to inform their management decisions.”