Alternative method to choose Scout locations 2 – Veristech

While in-field variation of farming soils has for a while been assessed by different kinds cameras, methods that actually get involved with the dirt are becoming commercially available as well. Today among the very first farms in Finland, the field plots at Soil Scout trial farm were scanned by Juha and Jussi Knaapi with a combination of an on-the-go Veristech soil scanner and a Wintex soil sampler

The scanner measures three soil parameters on the fly: 1) conductivity, 2) NIR organic content and 3) pH. Note the water tank on the scanner – the water is used for the mandatory washing of the pH sensor after every sample analysis (which is why Soil Scout does not include pH sensing).

Once the scan is complete, the soil organic matter (SOM) map remains a relative heat map. This is why the system finally decides 3 locations for collecting soil samples: a high, an average and a low NIR value point. These points are then sampled with the Wintex and sent for accurate laboratory SOM analysis to provide calibration values for the remaining map.

This above described method applies the basic cost saving philosophy of using smart techniques to decide a few points of high interest and then measuring those by sophisticated means. Which is exactly what Soil Scout does regarding the continuous monitoring of soil moisture and temperature conditions: choosing the essential locations based on vegetative observations and recommending those for Soil Scout sensor points.

This summer we will be able to compare up to 6 different methods to define in-field zoning and bring our experiences to the benefit of our Soil Scout customers. The mapping is carried out in co-operation with the MIKÄ DATA research program at the Pori university center.

Alternative method to choose Scout locations 1 – Geocarta

A strict grid method for collecting soil samples or installing soil sensors is a very ineffective approach as it will produce lots of unnecessary data points and a high cost. The most frequently used method for the Soil Scout team in helping farmers choose the most beneficial locations for instrumentation within their fields is to recognize good/average/poor growing spots from infrared satellite image browsers, such as the Sentinel Playground. After all, there is no telling beforehand whether a poorly growing spot is too wet or too dry – but surely it is not optimal.

Today a more hands-on approach to identify soil texture zones was tried out at the Soil Scout trial farm in Ulvila, Finland. A patrol from the Geocarta visited the fields with their on-the-go soil resistivity mapper. Their soil texture mapping philosophy is identical to ours: where to collect productive soil samples for a detailed laboratory analysis is chosen by mapping the apparent resistivity variations and identifying zones, which differ from each other for a fact, but the actual characteristics remain unknown until the soil samples have been analysed.

Once the raw data has been post processed, we will soon find out how the soil texture maps correlate to the observed yield potential differences within the fields, and how well the soil sampling coordinates will correlate to our selection of Soil Scout sensor locations! The mapping is carried out in co-operation with the MIKÄ DATA research program at the Pori university center.

Read our founder’s interview from European Business Magazine!

It all started with an idea to bury a mobile phone with soil sensor… Apparently it didn’t work but after years of development Johannes and Jussi came out with world’s first wireless underground soil condition sensor!

Please read our founder’s interview from the link because he is the man!

Johannes Tiusanen

Soil Scout Presented in Deutsche Telekom Innovation Day 2018

Soil Scout took part to Deutsche Telekom‘s Innovation Day 2018 in Bonn. Being one of the few startups invited, Soil Scout wireless soil moisture sensor solution was presented to large tech audience in Bonn.

Soil Scout CEO Jalmari Talola commented: “It was our great pleasure for being part of this amazing event. We saw highly interesting and innovative presentations and received received interest to our Wireless solution”.

Soil Scout awarded in KasvuOpen 2018

Soil Scout awarded in Kasvu Open 2018 Circular Economy and chosen among the top 100 finest growth companies in Finland! The judges named Soil Scout having major growth potential and being ready to be scaled globally immediately.

Award by Cleantech Scandinavia

OSLO, NORWAY – 3 April 2017

Soil Scout was awarded 2nd place in the annual Nordic Cleantech competition, hosted by Cleantech Scandinavia in Oslo today. Given the large number of excellent Cleantech companies and innovations involved, we are naturally very proud and honoured to be recognised.

Click here for the press release from Cleantech Scandinavia

Soil Scout Chosen for Philadelphia Phillies Stadium


Citizens Bank Park ™ – home of the Philadelphia Phillies – has completed installation of a new SubAir® Sports System providing a new level of turf management for the field operations team. Installed and connected to the existing drainage system, all components and integrated technology are communicating and performing to provide the subsoil aeration, moisture, and temperature moderation controls. The turf management team headed by Mike Boekholder, Director of Field Operations, is now able to monitor field conditions in real time and is able to operate the SubAir System to support the subsoil conditions and turf health.

Located under the right field stands, the new SubAir® Sport System monitors subsoil conditions of oxygen levels, moisture and temperature levels. If subsoil conditions reach levels that could damage the root zone, the system automatically responds to restore customized oxygen, moisture and temperature levels. “The ability to support the root zone, keeping the grass healthy and growing is essential to growing turf” states Kevin Crowe, SubAir Systems Agronomist. “The SubAir Sports System enables the turf team to actively respond to changing subsoil conditions to grow a strong, deeply rooted turf providing a safer and consistent playing surface.”

At Citizens Bank Park, SubAir® Systems introduces new advancements in monitoring the subsoil environment and system operations. TurfWatch™ Technology connects subsoil monitoring and the operations center via a dedicated communication network. A new partnership with Soil Scout® – in-ground wireless soils sensors – improves monitoring and reporting of conditions in the subsoil environment. Twelve HYDRA Scout sensors from Soil Scout® have been buried below the playing surface in the outfield, warning tracks, and home plate. Each Scout accurately measures and wirelessly transmits subsoil moisture content, temperature and salinity every 20 minutes via a Soil Scout Repeater, or direct to the Base Station. The SubAir Sports System’s control center responds automatically to measurements that exceed the established field condition standards with aeration or vacuum operational modes to return the subsoil to balanced conditions. “The Soil Scout solution allows SubAir to create a dedicated communication platform using wireless and cloud reporting. Using smart phones, tablets or computers, turf managers can log in to TurfWatch™ to monitor, evaluate and respond to changing field conditions,” states Crowe.

The final phase of installation of the oxygen sensors has been completed in the post season. The installation of two sensors in the outfield required a small trench line to connect wiring from the sensor to the control center. These additional sensors have been integrated into network and the Citizens Bank Park SubAir Sports systems is fully operational. SubAir Sports adds Citizen’s Bank Park to it world class installations that include 2016 installations in Rakuten Kobo Stadium Miyagi, Sendai, Japan and Wembley Stadium, UK.

About SubAir Systems: SubAir’s automated systems provide turf management solutions by completely controlling the soil moisture, salinity and temperature. SubAir Systems extend growing periods for fields and courses in high heat or high moisture climates and maintain the overall health of the turf, virtually eliminating diseases while maintaining continuous, consistent turf growth. – Twitter: @SubAirSystems

Mississaugua Golf relies on Soil Scout

‘We are using Soil Scout to provide us with up to the second data on what is happening below the turf surface. We have remote access from anywhere in the world at the touch of a button and have quickly become reliant on the convenience that this service provides. The product was easy to install and the Soil Scout team has been very quick to help us get set up and when we have needed support we have had no issues. We look forward to building on our infrastructure and expanding beyond our current use’

Jon Smith
Golf Course and Property Manager
Mississaugua Golf and Country Club, Ontario, Canada

Soil Scout joins Cleantech Finland

Cleantech Finland

Soil Scout is proud to have been accepted as a member of Cleantech Finland, and to be recognised as a company driving a sustainable future through improved resources efficiency in Agriculture and other industries.

Cleantech Finland is a network of top Cleantech companies and experts. They bring the world’s best Cleantech solutions and expertise to companies and public-sector organisations that have environmental or energy-efficiency problems that need solving. They also connect potential investors and partners with the best Cleantech experts in the market.

FCC Approvals Completed

FCCHelsinki, Finland

Soil Scout is pleased to announced that that our Scout and Receiver have been approved under Part 15 of the FCC rules.

As such, we are now available for shipping to the United States.

If you are interested in purchasing or distributing Soil Scout in the United States, please contact us at