Yield Prophet - automatic soil selection and more!

by Stephen van Rees

Posted on June 13, 2019 at 03:06 PM

Some users told us that they find it challenging to select the right soil characterisation when setting up a new paddock. We listened, and  as a result users are now able to have the soil characterisation for their paddocks automatically selected based on the Soil and Landscape Grid of Australia. The soil and landscape grid combines historical data with information from satellites and other sensors to map the soils and landscape across Australia. It was produced by the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) as part of the Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

In Yield Prophet® you now simply select the location of your paddock from a map and Yield Prophet® will do the rest. Users with a greater understanding of their soils, can still use the existing system to manually select a soil profile if they prefer.

It is now possible to start using Yield Prophet® without current soil test results. Having soil test results for the current season will always provide the most accurate modelling, but we understand that this isn’t always possible. This new feature allows users to set up a paddock based on last year’s test results, or no test results at all.

Yield Prophet® will model the previous year’s growing season and summer fallow to provide estimated starting points for nitrogen and water in the current year, however we still recommend that users get their paddocks tested annually for the best results. These new features are available at the Yield Prophet® website.  

If you’d like to know more about how we’re making Yield Prophet® easier to use, or to let us know what features you might like to see in the future, call the BCG office on (03) 5492 2787 or email yieldprophet@bcg.org.au