Agronomic Innovations, LLC, Brighton, IL, announces the purchase of AgRobotics and their patented AutoProbe precision soil sampler. The two privately held companies did not disclose the sale price. All AgRobotics employees retain employment with the new entity.
Agronomic Innovations, LLC is owned by Allen Lash and Harold Birch who have a combined seventy years of experience forming and growing companies to serve top producer business needs. AgRobotics co-founders Jim and Jeff Burton, Little Rock, AR, have been searching for the right strategic partner to expand use of their AutoProbe automated precision soil sampler.
“Everything begins with the soil,” says Lash. “Pinpoint sample integrity is what the AutoProbe offers. ‘Big Data’ is only as good as the initial measurement integrity. Spot sampling isn’t precision. You only understand what’s happening in that spot where the sample’s pulled. It’s logical that more samples are better. It’s also statistically more accurate.”
Birch says, “We’re excited to be able to provide the AutoProbe automated precision soil sampler to top farmers and agronomy organizations who wish to use it on their own acreage and that of interested clients. We are establishing farmer-owned AutoProbe service centers; the initial locations will be announced shortly. AutoProbe licensing to ag retailers and crop consultants will continue.
“Soil sample data accuracy and integrity are key to making correct management decisions,” Birch notes. “We believe the AutoProbe automated soil sampler is the solution to this challenge. Top farmers see the benefits quickly. Our intent is to harness farmer desire to have the most accurate and complete soil data to help drive crop performance from the ground up through this new soil sample data standard. We encourage farmers to ask the company currently pulling their soil samples to begin using the AutoProbe to increase the number of cores pulled and improve their sample results.”