There are dozens of farms, agriculture professionals, golf clubs, football and sports venues and research organisations using Soil Scout daily – among them are some of the world’s most iconic sports venues such as Wembley Stadium, and Philadelphia Phillies.
Here’s a snapshot of companies and organisations that use Soil Scout and we have worked with.
“We have remote access from anywhere in the world and have quickly become reliant on the convenience that Soil Scout’s wireless soil sensors provide. It was easy to install and the Soil Scout team has been very quick to help us get set up and when we needed support. We look forward to expanding beyond our current use!”
Jon Smith, Course Manager, Mississaugua Golf Club, Canada
“Having in-ground soil sensors from Soil Scout helps us become more efficient and tells when and where we need the water most at critical times”
Kevin Hauschel, Superintendent, Meadow Club
“I will say that the installation of the Soil Scout moisture sensors in our infield clay has been extremely helpful in managing and monitoring our infield skin this year. Those have exceeded my expectations in their usefulness. It’s nice to know where you are at any given minute so you can stay ahead in your daily watering regime with more precision. I feel like we tend to not overwater as much, making management of the clay a bit less guesswork and a bit more science. Any advantage we can get in providing a better quality surface, I’ll take. They certainly are a nice tool to have and help us tremendously in that regard.
I also find myself checking our Soil Scouts that are positioned in various locations in our turfgrass multiple times a day. They are extremely helpful in making informed decisions regarding our daily irrigation practices and overall field moisture management. The integration they provide with our SubAir system is also extremely useful. It makes running our moisture removal cycles after heavy rain events extremely easy… just set the threshold you want the field dried down to and walk away. The system does the rest, allowing our SubAir to run for as long as necessary until the SoilScouts confirm the moisture levels have dropped to the proper setpoint where the SubAir will then automatically shut itself off. It’s extremely useful and really helps keep the playing surface in great condition.”
Mike Boekholder, Director of Field Operations, The Phillies – Citizens Bank Park
“Soil Scout wireless monitoring solution has helped me make many extremely critical decisions on timings. Wasting fertiliser by applying at the wrong temperatures and moistures would cost me around £2,000 per application, and I was able to prevent this from happening thanks to the Soil Scout data. I have been able to use water more accurately and efficiently and apply irrigation more effectively at the right time. I have gained extra levels of knowledge in every aspect of my grasses and soils. It genuinely changed the way I looked at everything related to our pitches and grounds.”
Andy Richards, Grounds Manager, Haileybury School, Hertfordshire
“At Mäkelän Mansikka, we are determined to increase strawberry production efficiency every season while keeping our reputation for delivering fresh and sweet strawberries throughout the season. Because of Finland’s challenging growth conditions, we need to continually develop ever smarter ways to grow strawberries while maintaining ecological and sustainable methods. Soil Scout wireless soil sensors give us an accurate insight into underground growth conditions, whenever needed. We can make fact-based farming decisions, optimize strawberry growth, and operate more efficiently!”
Antti Tolvanen, CEO, Mäkelän Mansikka Oy
“Yara Kotkaniemi trial farm has been part of Yara’s R&D organization since 2016, but its roots date back several decades, and it still is an important trial site for testing modern farmer tools. After all, knowledge and innovation drive the yield, and yield drives sustainability and profitability.
In 2014 we were looking for a solution to dynamically monitor and record soil conditions in our famous and recognized long-term fertilizer and tillage management experiments, which have been running for many decades. The technology that Soil Scout was bringing to the market then was a perfect fit. Being a spin-off from the honorable Helsinki University helped the young startup gain sufficient credibility.
During half a decade of collaboration with Soil Scout, we have witnessed the many leaps in their product development. While the introduction of the very first solar-powered ECHO Repeaters in 2017 allowed us to expand the setup to distant fields, the Base Stations still are the very earliest versions, and they keep running.
Long-term trials require long-term data, and permanently buried wireless soil sensors provide just that. Today, data is used, for example, in various modelings related to plant nutrition. Accumulating records of the remarkable moisture and temperature differences that no-till, cultivation, and ploughing plot profiles demonstrate builds up an invaluable asset for us to recognize trends and patterns as the natural environment keeps becoming more challenging.
We aim to develop a range of fertilizers and fertilization methods to meet current and future needs better, and Soil Scout helps us in doing so.”
Juha Liespuu, Yara, Finland
“I have used all types of soil moisture probes over the past 12 seasons growing in Substrate. However you never get exactly what you want with one product, as there is always something missing. There are 5 things that a good moisture probe should be and do: 1) measure moisture consistently, 2) capture soil/medium temperature, 3) capture electric conductivity accurately, 4) be user friendly, 5) and flexibility to adapt to each grower’s needs. Soil Scout does all of these things! It was originally developed as a soil moisture sensor, not meant for substrate growing. But with the flexibility of the software they could adapt the readings so that we could also use it in our industry for monitoring and as a nutrient management tool. We have used Soil Scout for a full season and are delighted with the results. We can recommend it to any other grower, whether it’s in soil or substrate production. Also looking forward to added functions and improvements in the future!”
Heino Malan, Irrigation Specialist, Haygrove Eden, South Africa
“The Soil Scout system that we are using is definitely the way to go in modern Agriculture. The mere fact that you can login to real-time data from anywhere in the world is already a huge benefit. Added to that is the ease of use if compared to our existing system where we use Tensio-meters that need constant priming and physical readings. Once the data correlation and interpretation has been done the Soil Scout information will be of even more benefit as it will also give us an indication of the fertilization levels. The Soil Scout wireless sensors seem to be very robust and it will be interesting to see how they last over the long term. Technical backup to the product has been good and the Soil Scout team was eager to help and support!”
Felix Hacker, Du Roi Nursery, South Africa
“The research community is working hard in order to understand the impact of global climate change to our ecosystems. In the Natural Resource Institute Finland we monitor CO2 fluxes of ecosystems andwe use that information to validate models which we use in our National GHG inventory. In order to upscale CO2 measurements we need to have continuous data on soil temperature and soil moisture that drive biological soil activity. SoilScout provides us a wireless soil monitoring solution that allows us to up-scale CO2 fluxes rapidly and moreover this equipment ensures that our data coverage is complete.”
Aleksi Lehtonen, Associate Professor, Natural Resources Institute Finland, Finland
“As part of our forest harvesting research program on soft soils we installed two Soil Scout systems in different forest types.Soil strength measurements were carried out side by side with the monitoring.The continuous soil moisture data improved our understanding on the phenomena and we were surprised to see how soil acted in between the manual measurements.The successful and educative research brought us significant continued projects with our commercial business partners.”
Jori Uusitalo, Group Manager, Natural Resources Institute, Finland