Teralytic Raises $2.25m to Bring Predictive Analytics to Farming and Improve Soil Health

Teralytic has raised $2.25 million in a Seed Round to bring its soil sensors and machine learning analytics technology  to farmers. Teralytic’s solution helps farmers produce more food with fewer resources by improving their field’s soil health. 01 Ventures led the Seed investment in Teralytic.

Teralytic’s sensors constantly gather data about soil quality, such as its temperature, moisture, pH and fertility levels, as well as in-field micro-climate data. Each sensor accurately measures more than 20 different data points, giving farmers real-time visibility into the condition of their soils. Combined with machine learning and predictive analytics, the software platform helps farmers understand where problems may appear in their soils, enabling them to take proactive steps to prevent them from happening. Farmers, governments and land banks all use the soil quality data to quantity soil fertility and improve the value of their crops and land as well as cut input costs by, in an effort to prevent over fertilization, reducing costs and environmental impacts.

Soil testing today is a manual, time-intensive process that takes days or weeks to collect, diagnose and respond to conditions in the soil. With Teralytic’s sensors distributed around a farm constantly checking and reporting on the conditions of its soil quality 24/7, 365 days a year, it’s no longer necessary to send people walking across fields and wait for testing results. By collecting and analyzing data in real-time, farms are less likely to over- or under-fertilize or mishandle watering programs throughout the growing season.

Combining the real-time sensor data with machine learning and predictive analytics allows farmers to make quicker decisions about what needs modifications in the field before it’s too late, reducing irrigation where sensors can tell that conditions are moist enough, for example, or applying a soil amendment mid-season to correct for deficiencies. Drone and camera-based technologies often catch problems in the field once visible on the plant, but at Teralytic, we try to catch these problems before they happen by diagnosing the soils.

For more information or to trial this on your farm, visit teralytic.com or email Steve Ridder, Founder and CEO at steve@teralytic.com.

Healthy Soils Are Critical To Farmer’s Profits

Healthy Soils Are Critical To Farmer’s Profits

There are more living things in a cup of soil than there are people on earth. A typical cup of healthy soil contains:

· 10–50 billion bacteria;

· 100 million types of fungi

· 100–7000 arthropods and micro-arthropods;

· 1000’s of different algae, protozoa, and nematodes.

 

Note the dark and moist profile of a healthy soil

Note the dark and moist profile of a healthy soil

 

Even more amazing, most of these organisms have yet to even be classified, never mind identified. Soil scientists don’t know exactly what they are or what they do! Yet they do know one thing, this life beneath our feet is crucial to healthy, nutritious and bountiful crops. In fact, without this life, you don’t have soil, you have dirt, and dirt what many farms have. Its is estimated that up to 40% of the world’s farmland is now unusable because of the poor quality of the soils.

Unfortunately, many modern farming practices or just a lack of awareness have destroyed our soils, depleting them of the critical life which in turn has depleted our crops ability to thrive and produce nutritious crops. Crops get all their nutrients and minerals from their roots, which in turn absorb it from the soil, so if you have unhealthy soils or dirt, you will produce a sub-par crop. It is said that an apple that your grandfather ate had 54x more nutrients than the apples we eat today. We may use chemicals and tools to make good looking fruits and vegetables, but they’re empty of the vitamins, minerals and nutrients we need.

Note the dead, dry look and feel of unhealthy soil, and this is a farm!

Note the dead, dry look and feel of unhealthy soil, and this is a farm!

Not only are the crops declining in nutrition, they’re less healthy and need more chemicals, pesticides, and other inputs to grow, which cost money. It’s a fact that healthy soils:

· Produce higher yielding, more nutritious, higher quality crops, making farmers more money

· Absorb and retain more fertilizers and other inputs, lowering farmer input costs

· Have less run off, reducing environmental impact to the surrounding lands and waterways

· Retain water better, which is critical for desert and drought like conditions we experience today

Bottom line, healthy soils make healthy farming profits. Watch this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muZQ-8DfwI4) to learn more about how we can help you improve your farm’s soil health or to test our solution in the spring of 2017, go to Teralytic.com/pilot to sign up and join our beta list.