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Measure What’s Underground at Aug. 15 Soil Workshop

tracegenomicsWOODBINE, Iowa – Thurs., July 25, 2019 – Measure what’s underground, Thurs., Aug. 15, when E4 Crop Intelligence and Trace Genomics host Soil At Work. The free, two-hour workshop and luncheon in Woodbine covers the importance of soil microbiology to successful crop management and introduces ground-breaking technology that provides actionable, in-depth soil biology data. Attendees earn 0.5 Continuing Education Units in Soil and Water Management.

“With 20-plus years in the precision ag industry, we’ve always been diligent in our normal soil testing procedures, but until now the results never included what microbes were working in the soil. This new tool will be a game changer for us,” said Greg Reisz, owner/president of E4 Crop Intelligence. “It gives us analytics we’ve never had before to prescribe the best solutions, whether we’re looking at diseases, insect issues or overall plant health. That’s powerful.”

Soil is a living network of billions of organisms that provide an environment for the crop. Its biology explains why certain areas are more productive than others and reveals soil borne diseases that may be lurking.

“Soil is a grower’s most valuable asset,” said Pat Dumstorff, Row Crop Business Lead with Trace Genomics, a company that can now profile soil’s DNA. “Thanks to new technology, agronomists and farmers are in a position to know as much about the soil under their feet as they do about what’s happening above ground. It eliminates the guesswork.”

Simply collect and send samples with a soil collection kit. Trace Genomics then uses a proprietary DNA extraction and sequencing process to identify and quantify millions of microbes in the soil. The data is decoded, using high-speed, cost-efficient data analysis to compare against a large and growing set of soil data. Trace Genomics then helps growers make the best decisions for their fields based on data-driven, evidence-based information that’s easily accessible on their customer portal.

Soil At Work will be held at the E4 Crop Intelligence office, 3113 Hwy 30, Woodbine, from 10 to 12 a.m. Register online at or call Trace Genomics at (650) 332-6661.