SOILapp allows you to collect, visualize and share observations of soil quality using spade-test method. The spade-test is a widely used, qualitative method for performing the observation of soil conditions. It gives the observer information on soil fertility and on mechanical operations effects on its structure. By using the application for recording for soil observations, you are able to share your findings, learn from other users and seek further advice to the users' community.
SOILapp guides you through an easy touch-enabled interface to define features for different layers in a soil sample. At the end, summary features of the observation are given and shared, eventually adding comments and a short description of farm practices.
The application facilitates on-field qualitative observations but does not substitute the need for accurate quantitative data collection (e.g. laboratory analysis).
Several variables (soil texture, moisture, mechanical operations, etc.) impact on the interpretation of spade-test observations. Knowledge about the history of the site observed is, then, essential for maximum exploitation of the application potential.
The application has been developed in the Soil Health pilot of CAPSELLA project (www.capsella.eu), the innovation lab for agrobiodiversity working with open software, open data and open hardware.
CAPSELLA has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N 688813.