Veldale Farms is proud to offer the following services to growers across Ontario...
Soil Diagnostics by the Soil Information System™ (SIS)
The SIS offers precise 3D soil models for dozens of soil physical and chemical characteristics including:
Root zone depth
Soil texture (clay, sand, coarse fragment content)
Moisture holding capacity
Macro and micro-nutrient levels
Salt and toxicity concentrations
What Is SIS?
The Soil Information System™ (SIS) is an industry leading soil map solution that uses advanced sensors and intelligent targeting and geo-processing algorithms to produce high resolution, accurate soil and topographic information. By pulling physical soil cores macro and micro-nutrient levels are determined in the top 48" (122cm) of the soil profile and our algorithms and data processing are truthed by lab results.
1. Pre-Purchase Land Evaluation
SIS makes it possible to obtain a complete picture of the land you are considering before purchase or development. With an SIS analysis, you will be able to predict a field’s potential for growing capacity and identify challenges that will come up in the course of layout and planting. SIS helps growers avoid the pitfalls associated with sub-optimal soil properties that can permanently limit crop quality and yield.
2. Field Preperation & Field Design
The single greatest opportunity a grower has to influence the long-term output of any field, vineyard, or orchard comes with the design and planting of a new field. Utilizing the SIS ensures that growers are able to design and prepare fields that are optimized for the long-term. SIS makes it possible to know precisely where to add deep-root amendments, select and plant crop varieties based on known moisture holding characteristics, and minimize in-field variability.
3. Improve Crop Quality
SIS gives growers the tools they need to optimize growing conditions and improve overall crop quality. Plant materials within a field may be uniform, but the soils in which those crops grow are not. With SIS, growers can assess the variability within a field and treat different zones according to their unique needs, thereby raising quality to the highest grade achievable throughout the field.
4. Increase Output From Less Than Average Field Areas
Despite best efforts, sub-par field areas can vex even the most committed grower. SIS can eliminate the guesswork and experimentation that goes into “fixing” these areas by revealing the exact factors that are limiting yield. Understand what keeps these areas from meeting production standards and design a strategy to bring all field areas to maximum growing capacity.
5. Optimize The Use of Water, Fertilizer, and Amendments
Growers can immediately improve their bottom line by employing more efficient watering, fertilizer, and amendment application strategies. The difficulty comes with knowing where and to what degree you can reduce inputs without compromising crop quality. SIS makes it possible to target applications – making sure expensive inputs are used efficiently. Growers using SIS data no longer need to manage to the lowest common denominator, instead, they can take advantage of naturally occurring availability while concentrating on helping low-productivity areas achieve higher yield and quality.
To discuss how the SIS can be of use on your operation. Contact Darren Scholten at (226) 970-1871 or
Why Use SIS?
By providing a greater understanding of the physical and chemical characterization of the soil, including how inputs move through the soil, SIS enables growers and agronomists advisors to implement more effective solutions to resolve the unique challenges of each area of their fields. Soil maps can be used to make critical farm management decisions with irrigation, drainage, fertility, and more. With the SIS software, you can view your soil analysis for the top 48 inches (122cm) of the field’s surface in 3D.
Make better farm management decisions with irrigation, drainage, fertility and amendment applications
Understand soil variability to target precise sampling locations, sometimes reducing the number of samples required – thus saving time and money
Reduce nutrient runoff by understanding how they move through the soil
Create variable rate application maps from the soil information to help maximize plant growth