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The SoilMapp for iPad will allow farmers and others to access real time information about their soils from in the field.

SoilMapp for iPad: soil information at your fingertips

Find out what’s beneath your feet with CSIRO’s first app, SoilMapp, making soil information accessible from your location.

  • 3 December 2012 | Updated 22 January 2014

Find out what's beneath your feet with SoilMapp which taps into the best available soil information from Australia’s national soil databases. You can find out about the likely types of soil near you or you can look anywhere across the country.

Discover the soil’s secrets, how it holds water, its clay content, acidity and other attributes related to agricultural productivity and land management. 

Australia's soils are one of the country's most valuable natural assets, critical to sustainable food production, biodiversity conservation, water quality and human health. 

Having access to the best available soil and land information assists improved land management decisions, sustaining Australia’s soils into the future.

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Main features

SoilMapp for iPad enables you to:

  • learn about the likely soil types on your property
  • view maps, photographs, satellite images, tables and graphs of data about nearby soils
  • uncover your soil’s physical and chemical characteristics, including acidity (pH), soil carbon, available water storage, salinity and erodibility
  • get soil information to put into the farm computer model APSIM, a model that can help with management decisions on crops and project likely crop yields
  • access the app anywhere there is wireless or internet connection to your iPad.

 

What data can I access with SoilMapp?

SoilMapp for iPad provides direct access to best national soil data and information from the Australian Soil Resource Information System (ASRIS) and ApSoil, the database behind the agricultural computer model: Agricultural Production Systems SIMulator (APSIM).

Who uses SoilMapp?

SoilMapp is designed to make soil information more accessible to help Australian farmers, consultants, planners, natural resource managers, researchers and people interested in soil.

How can I get SoilMapp?

CSIRO’s SoilMapp is available from the App Store. Click the Download on the App Store button at the top of the page or search ‘CSIRO’ or ‘SoilMapp' on the App Store.

What if I run into problems?

Help information is available within the app but also from the SoilMapp wiki.

You can also contact the SoilMapp team at: asris@csiro.au 

I’m a soil expert and I want to help

CSIRO encourages soil experts to help improve SoilMapp. You can help by confirming that the selected soil (or close variant) occurs at the pinned location. The information will be returned to ASRIS and will assist with map validation.

Users of APSIM, the farm system computer model, such as farm advisers and crop modellers can access the most relevant data on soil water characteristics through SoilMapp. They can then modify it for their situation and upload it to their ApSoil data file for their later use in APSIM.

Contact asris@csiro.au if you would like more details on how you can assist SoilMapp.

Partners

SoilMapp was developed by researchers and information technology specialists from CSIRO working through the Australian Collaborative Land Evaluation Program (ACLEP) and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) project: Doing it better, doing it smarter-managing soil water in Australian agriculture.
ACLEP is a partnership between:

  • CSIRO
  • Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • state and territory agencies responsible for land resource assessment
  • Geoscience Australia
  • soil research and industry groups.

Conditions of use

While every care has been taken in compiling the app, no assurances are given that it is free from error or omission. Please refer to the full disclaimer before using the SoilMapp for iPad.

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