Start-up offers free soil management planning tool

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A start-up tech company is offering free time-limited access to a new feature within its Digital Soil Management Platform

The new module automatically generates maps that can help farmers comply with Nitrogen Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) regulations and the Farming Rules for Water (FRfW).

The platform offers farmers tailored Soil Management Plans, providing actional insights and compliance with the SAM1 action of DEFRA’s Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) scheme. The offer runs between Friday 8 March and Friday 15 March, This, typically costs £0.80/ha/year to farms subscribed to the ‘Soil Sage’ package, which costs about £200/farm/year.

Soil Benchmark is a software start-up founded in 2022 by Tom Scrope NSch and ex-James Hutton Institute soil scientist Dr Ben Buttler. Since its launch last November, over 700 farms spanning more than 200,000ha have adopted the system and to commemorate this milestone, Soil Benchmark announced a promotion on the platform’s latest feature.

The Soil Sage package unlocks field-by-field Soil Management Plans for any sized farm, and when combined with a Manure Spreading Map, helps farms comply with NVZ rules, Farming Rules for Water, and the SAM1 action of SFI23.

Tom Scrope, co-founder and CEO, said the company is proud to have reached this significant milestone of surpassing 200,000ha of land since its launch four months ago.

“This represents more than 2% of England’s agricultural land and to celebrate this, we are excited to offer this promotional period for our platform.”

Dr Ben Butler, co-founder and CSO, added that Soil Benchmark’s mission is to improve soil health at scale, and allow agronomists and farmers to easily define risks to soils using trusted data sources.

“As such, our platform pre-populates Soil Management Plans and Manure Spreading Maps with data derived from trusted sources, including the Environment Agency, Ordnance Survey, and British Geological Survey.

“The user is then free to fine-tune each field using their expertise and local knowledge, creating maps and plans that clearly and accurately define where risks are, and ultimately having impact on the ground.”

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