Frequently Asked Questions

Product

What is the Teralytic probe?

Teralytic’s wireless probe contains 26 sensors to provide the most detailed soil quality data available, reporting soil moisture, salinity, and NPK at three different depths, as well as aeration, respiration, air temperature, light, and humidity. With no wires and an incredibly easy set-up, we provide customized recommendations and send real-time alerts to farmers’ phones and desktops. And with our long-range wireless network, we offer connectivity for large farms in all parts of the world.

These previously inaccessible types and quantities of data help manage soil quality with precise control, and Teralytic provides strategy recommendations customized to each crop, from the topsoil to below the roots.

What is the Teralytic dashboard?

The Teralytic platform is an easy-to-use dashboard housing all of the data and analytics for your land. Information from the 26 sensors measuring elements of the microclimate, soil, and gas will be aggregated in the cloud and sent to this dashboard for straightforward, easy-to-use access and viewing. Snapshots of your soil conditions are refreshed every 15 minutes.

Our goal within farmers’ lives is to simplify, so we work hard to seamlessly fit into your everyday routine—getting the data you need, when you need it, and freeing up time and energy to focus on what’s most important for your farm.

What is Terascore?

Terascore is our best-in-class metric that analyzes hundreds of data points from your farm and industry statistics to summarize what you need to know about your soil health. This will appear on your dashboard once your probes are connected in the field. Terascore is specific to your crop and soil type, so it is customized based on the unique profile of your farm.

How do I install the Teralytic probe?

We strive to make installation as easy as possible and offer a custom-size auger for users to add to their order of probes. Each probe should take about 10 to 15 minutes to install with this manual auger, or less for those using a power auger. Once the LoRa gateway is connected, connecting the probe only takes a few steps: first, auger the hole and fill bags (provided by Teralytic) with soil samples from the three depths. Then, slide the probe in, attach the probe head, turn it on, and let it pair. Note that the probe will need 24 hours to calibrate before displaying real-time analytics on the dashboard. After install, send the sample bags back to our soil labs to add to these calibrations.

Purchase

How can I purchase probes?

A limited number of probes are now available for pre-ordering. The cost is $500 per probe, annually. This includes all the hardware and software needed to run the solution as well as data analytics, real-time recommendations, and battery replacement when needed. Our 10-probe Starter Pack includes an Install Kit (regularly $400) and the LoRa gateway to connect the probes (regularly $1,000) for free.

These orders will be the first to ship the moment they’re ready in the warehouse. And until then, you will receive regular updates on development and be able to view the status of your order on a personal landing page. Reserve your probes here.

How much do the probes cost?

The cost is $500 per probe, annually. This includes all the hardware and software needed to run the solution as well as data analytics, real-time recommendations, and battery replacement when needed. Our 10-probe Starter Pack includes an Install Kit (regularly $400) and the LoRa gateway to connect the probes (regularly $1,000) for free. To reserve your probes at this price, click here to pre-order.

Do the probes ship internationally?

Yes. Teralytic has worked with farms across the globe to install probes for our pilot program, and our probes currently available for pre-order can be shipped to all parts of the world.

Network Technology

How is data sent from the fields?

Our sensors are continuously working to get you the data you need, when you need it. Here’s how the system works:

  1. Our probes collect data from your soils and send wirelessly via LoRaWAN, a long-distance network that transmits sensor data up to 10 miles away.
  2. Our gateways aggregate all probe data and send it to the cloud in a secure, continuous, live stream.
  3. In our cloud, we run analytics on your data based on soil conditions compiled by governments, universities, and the unique criteria from your farm.
  4. We report back to you with real-time and predictive insights using readable charts—and you use the insight on your farm.

What is LoRa?

LoRa stands for “long range.” LoRa networks enable low power, wide area communication with remote sensors. This allows us to send much smaller amounts of data at longer ranges, extending connectivity into areas, fields, and plots that are too difficult or too expensive to wire. It is how the soil probes communicate with the cloud, driving the data and analytics on our dashboard. With this kind of network, a farm can “talk” to a computer.

To learn more about how LoRa technology is helping wire all parts of the world, read our blog post.

How do the probes send data to the dashboard?

Your Teralytic subscription includes a gateway to facilitate a LoRa network connection. The gateway itself is a small box that should be mounted ideally 40 feet high in your field to allow for the furthest connection. It can be set up virtually anywhere in the field and is used to aggregate probe data and send it to the cloud in a secure, continuous, live stream. That data then appears on Teralytic’s dashboard, accessible on either mobile or desktop, reporting from 26 sensors in the probe, reporting soil moisture, salinity, NPK, aeration, respiration, air temperature, light, and humidity—all in real-time.

Our gateway can be connected directly to broadband, satellite, or cellular networks, making it functional in most if not all parts of the world, regardless of existing LoRa infrastructure.

Probe Technology

How many probes do I need?

We provide a free, easy-to-use tool to calculate how many probes will be needed for your unique area of land. Sign up to receive a quote in just minutes.

What kinds of fields can the probes be used in?

The Teralytic probe will work in most agricultural environments, from small plots to commercial farms.

How many acres does a probe cover?

It depends on the crop and management practices of the grower. From the beginning, we’ve made a conscious effort to fit into each farmers’ existing management practices, so they don’t have to make a lot of operational changes. Most high-value crop growers manage their fields via grid or rows, so we typically recommend a probe every 1 to 10 acres. Most grain growers manage via soil zones, so we typically place a probe every soil zone, which comes out to, on average, about a probe every 30 to 50 acres. Non-irrigated broadacre might have a probe every 50 to 80 acres, all soil zone-dependent. And these are all on average—some fields might have more soil zones than others, some might have a different topology. In a case study, our soil scientists and agronomists recommend how to determine optimal probe placement. View the full PDF here.

What is the battery life for each probe?

Probe battery replacement is included in our annual subscription fee. Currently, you should expect it to run up to three years. We’re actively working to extend this battery life even longer, so your probe can last as long as possible in your fields without maintenance.

Can the probes be used in freezing temperatures?

For annual cropping systems, we recommend removing your probes from the ground before harvest. For perennial cropping systems, it’s best to remove before the average soil temperature drops below freezing.

Can I use the probes without the analytics?

Our probes rely on a cloud-based analytics model and our backend system to produce real-time data from your fields. However, we do offer an API and data export so that you can use the probe data with other platforms if you’d like.

Data

Who owns the data generated by the probes?

Farmers own their data. We reserve the right to keep anonymized data that will help us improve our algorithms to make better recommendations for everyone who uses our platform.

How quickly can I see my data after installation?

The probe will calibrate for 24 to 48 hours, then it will send real-time analytics to your dashboard every 15 minutes.

What kinds of data does the probe collect?

Each probe includes 26 sensors, measuring at three different depths. Microclimate sensors measure air temperature, humidity, and light at the probe’s head; gas sensors measure aeration (O2) and respiration (CO2) at the 6” and 18” depths (about 15 cm and 46 cm); and soil sensors measure NPK, pH, soil moisture, salinity, and soil temperature at the 6”, 18”, and 36” depths (about 15, 46, and 91 cm).

Check out our probes page to learn more.

How frequently does data upload for analysis?

Data will be gathered and your dashboard will be updated every 15 minutes.

How can I ensure my data is secure?

Teralytic is a certified Ag Data Transparent company. A non-profit corporation backed by a consortium of farm industry groups, commodity organizations, and ag technology providers, the Ag Data Transparent seal provides farmers with transparency, simplicity, and trust in their precision agricultural technology contracts. For more information about Ag Data Transparent, click here. Read more about Teralytic’s data policy here, and you may also view our Data Use Agreement, Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service.