At Eima, an innovation particularly aroused the curiosity of the visitors: the iScan soil sensor by Arvatec company. The device can provide real-time data on the soil by coupling itself with seeders, transplanters, harrows or ploughs. An analyser on the field, so to say.
Mario Mendini, “It is a recent innovation that we introduce for a few months. The iScan sensor can collect data on the pH levels, on the electrical conductivity and on the organic substances of the field during planting, transplanting or other processing operations. The sensors are installed on the working machine itself. In a few minutes, they provide a low-cost soil mapping method”.
A detail of the sensors system
The maps delineate the plots’ texture by measuring the electrical conductivity. The organic substances maps are obtained by measuring the ground reflectance at two different wavelengths, that is red and infrared.
Mendini, “For instance, one can calculate the field’s productivity thanks to the organic substance map and therefore she can intervene with different organic substances. It is possible to calculate the pH level through the dedicated sensor which constantly measures this data.
By crossing the pH levels, the electrical conductivity and the organic substance data, one can scientifically plan the irrigation, the macro- and micro-elements dosage, the organic fertilization, and the most suitable rootstock for each different type of soils”.