Many ag startups promise the world to eager farmers, but few deliver. That all changes once you get to know Montreal-based ChrysaLabs. The company is now in its fourth year of business and has made a major breakthrough that is sure to sweep the soil testing world by storm. As the company says: “We bring the lab to the field”.
Old dog, new trick
The world of soil testing is laborious and time consuming, but don’t worry, ChrysaLabs has the answer. What normally takes three days to three weeks—probing soil and sending off for results—now takes anywhere from 10 to 20 … seconds that is. With its patented technology and use of spectroscopy, the company developed an ultra-rapid tool similar in size to a typical soil probe, except it’s lightning fast. The original founders had experience with spectroscopy in the biomedical industry and decided to transfer that knowledge and experience into the precision agriculture industry.
More than just soil testing
Beyond the all-important soil test, the probe is multi-functional in nature. It can accurately measure available nutrients directly in the soil, macronutrients including N, K and P, and critical micronutrients such as copper, iron, zinc, boron, sodium, magnesium, manganese, calcium, soil moisture, organic matter and temperature.
In the near future, the company is adapting its probe to detect the presence of carbon, a critical factor as farmers and the agricultural industry continue efforts to tackle climate change and reduce its collective carbon footprint. Although a manual process today, ChrysaLabs is also looking for ways to speed up the process of soil sampling for large scale farms which soil-test upwards of 50,000 samples per year.
Spreading like wildfire
Today, the company is focused on the B2B market, putting the probes in the hands of agronomists, farm co-ops and fertilizer retailers, all of whom will quickly understand the value of the probe and can share it far and wide with farmers. With 200 influential people in North American agriculture with their hands on the probes today, word is spreading like wildfire about ChrysaLabs’ revolutionary technology.
While the results come fast, they are also logged for you to see through ChrysaLabs’ free app that pairs directly with the probe, or on your computer or tablet. Every site is georeferenced which allows producers to create fast and accurate fertilization maps. This is especially important at seeding time when there is little time to waste when making calculated nutrient decisions for soil health.
Cost? What cost?
The current world of soil testing is slow and expensive. Often, cores may cost $30-plus per individual sample. It can add up quickly and farmers often wonder if it’s worth it considering the lag time as they await results. ChrysaLabs gets rid of the per-core model with a simple annual subscription fee, which includes unlimited sampling. If used regularly throughout the growing year, each probe can cost as little as a dime. Talk about hitting paydirt. With the soil sampling world turned upside down thanks to this remarkable innovation, the real question is: can you afford to not use ChrysaLabs?
The Tech Direct Solution
ChrysaLabs is an AGvisorPRO Tech Direct partner. This means that any farmer with the AGvisorPRO app can connect to ChrysaLabs in a face-to-face session for free. While there’s certainly no shortage of ways for farmers to digitally connect with the information they need, AGvisorPRO is unique. We connect farmers, industry, and independent expertise into one user-friendly app. This means farmers can find the advice they need easily, connect to the right people quickly, and get from question to answer faster.
To connect with ChrysaLabs or any of our Tech Direct partners, consider downloading the AGvisorPRO app. If you want to see what AGvisorPRO can do for you, one of our knowledgeable team members would be happy to give you a walk-through. You can also download our app at AGvisorPRO.com or wherever you get your apps. With ChrysaLabs and AGvisorPRO in your corner, when it comes to soil testing in real time, your needs will be taken care of.