I feel like a little boy who is assembling the last pieces of the Millennium Falcon. I have the cockpit, the deflector shield, the retractable landing gear, the quad laser cannon, escape pods, and the hundreds of other cool gizmos ready. As soon as I get the final pieces together, I will make the jump into hyperspace….
Okay, not really, but it feels like it.
In another month, Agren will be releasing its new, fully operational version of SoilCalculator®. Our newest software will change how ag professionals visualize soil loss and will aid farmers in reducing offsite sediment delivery. The foundation of Agren’s SoilCalculator combines several scientific models into a seamless operation.
The individual components of SoilCalculator were developed by three gifted researchers, Dr. Seth Dabney, Dr. Daniel Yoder, and Dr. Dalmo Vieira. Equally impressive is the work by Agren’s three gifted programmers in developing this innovative technology. I want to give a shout out to our genius IT team members responsible for linking two stand-alone models into an innovative, user-friendly applicable technology. John Waterman, Jim Lyon, and Matthew Sloan, Agren’s programmers, have packaged the models into what will become modeling of the future.
With Agren’s updated SoilCalculator, users can model soil erosion, soil transport, and soil deposition on a raster/pixel basis, from the top of the hill to the end of slope, for each and every slope profile in a field. With the connection to Ephemeral Gully Erosion Estimator (EphGEE), SoilCalculator can track this same soil erosion, soil deposition, and soil transport from the edge of the concentrated flow channels to the channel outlet.
SoilCalculator models the movement of soil at every 3-meter cell within a field. For every 3-meter segment (10 feet wide), along a stream or lake edge, it determines where the largest sediment loads are occurring. And, it can predict reductions in sediment delivery for field scale practices such as changes in rotation, tillage, or cover crops. This is precision conservation.
More about the Future
We are planning another software release very soon that will design variable width buffers based on localized sediment delivery. Watch my blog for the announcement. You will be amazed.
Somewhere in a galaxy far, far away I hear Hans Solo telling me: Great, kid. Don’t get cocky!