"Soil is like any other variable... such as pest populations or vine canopy parameters, yield, crop uniformity and distribution, light exposure or shoot density. To manage them well and be able to reliably predict and control the quantity and quality of the crop, we need to be able to accurately assess them."
- Dr. Cliff Ohmart from 2009 Wines and Vines article on the SIS
The SIS (Soil Information System) serves all professions and enterprises interested in using precise accounting of soil variability to improve results. Whether managing crop production or researching methods to improve soil-related conditions, SIS offers users an advantage not available with any other method - a complete chemical and physical soil profile.
|Sample of SIS mapping sites in North America and Europe|
From fruit and nut orchards to vineyards and berry fields, the SIS provides a competitive advantage to growers interested in employing precision farming strategies such as targeted amendment application, strategic irrigation planning, and appropriate block design. Each of these applications is made more effective and affordable when conducted under the guidance of a C3 consulting partner that is utilizing data and analysis provided by the Soil Information System.
Soil is not uniform at the field or plot scale. Therefore, without being adequately characterized both with respect to attributes as well as their independent spatial distribution, soil cannot be assumed to be a ‘control’ in research studies. The paradigm for in-field applied research has been to ‘average’ results, whether relating to yield, quality, disease, etc., across what is often significant soil variability. This is the primary cause of most of the relatively low correlation metrics in these research studies.
From identifying levee vulnerability and anomalies to examining reclamation and mitigation projects and any project that demands a complete rendering of soil properties, the SIS can give project managers, researchers and technicians the information they need to make fast, accurate assessments of a wide range of landscape features.