What is BeCrop® Test?
BeCrop® Test provides a user-friendly report on soil nutrient cycling, health, and biodiversity on any field. The report is a data-driven picture of the global functions of the microbial networks.
Analyze Yield Improvements
Assess Nutrient Cycling
Predict Disease Risks
Monitor Farm Practices
BeCrop® Test Benefits
Your soil is your farm's most precious natural resource. Our biological soil test is the first step to unlocking your soil's full potential.
Easy 3-Step Process
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Submit your soil samples
Receive a detailed report
A Precision Farming Tool in Your Pocket
Access your soil data instantly and conveniently from any device.
A comprehensive report on soil nutrient cycling, health, biodiversity and more, delivered in a user-friendly breakdown of the soil microbiome functions.
Customized comparisons and analytical intelligence tools to empower data-driven decision making. Explore the heatmaps, GIS map layers, detailed microbial population tools to compare parcels and samples across locations and time.
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“Biome Makers tool is very helpful to assess soil health and know that our practices are achieving some of our end goals “
“This tech was the missing piece for a sustainable management of the farm.“
Olives, Portugal (EU)
“I’m convinced BeCrop® is a technology that should be embraced by the farming community as an integral part of their decision-making process.“
Corn, United States
“Biome Makers was an excellent choice, thanks to its detailed reports and the ease of use of its application we were able to maintain our crop health and quality.“
Sugar Cane, Mexico (LatAm)
“BeCrop® does a better job of showcasing what the microbes are doing.“
Vineyard, United States
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Frequently asked questions
Traditional soil analyses provide information about the physical properties (eg. texture) and the chemical properties of the soil, such as pH or the concentration of nutrients, but do not take soil microbiology into account.
Instead of measuring the amount of nutrients in the soil, BeCrop measures the microbial processes involved in nutrient cycling, such as those that fix carbon into the soil, or supply plants with available nutrient forms (eg. mineralization or solubilization), and those that immobilize nutrients back into forms not readily available for plants (immobilization, denitrification).
We provide sampling tubes and a sampling spoon to facilitate soil collection. The amount of soil needed is approximately ¼ of the tube. The amount we request you send is 5gr. per sample.
No special equipment is needed but we recommend you use gloves and sanitize the trowel with ethanol, allowing it to dry before and between sample collections.
Our samples are composite, which means that each tube should contain subsamples from 3 to 12 locations in the same block in order to make the sample truly representative for our study.
Optimal resolution is derived from 1-2 acres, but in uniform soils the surface covered per sample can be increased without a significant loss of representativity.
It is important that each sampling area has uniform soil characteristics (pH, texture) and consistent management practices (fertilizer applications, irrigation, etc.).
The number of samples required depends on the specific questions you want answered. This will be assessed prior to the sampling to make sure you’re provided with the appropriate solutions.
Do I need to ship the samples overnight?
No, overnight shipping is not required. Ideally, samples should arrive at the lab within 72h from the time they are collected. However, we have not observed significant changes in the microbial communities for a period of up to 15 days after sampling (at room temperature).
Storage and shipping guidelines.
Given that soil microbiomes are sensitive, here are our recommended guidelines for proper storage and shipping:
– Soil samples can be stored long-term at -20 °C (-4 °F).
– Soil samples can be stored up to 3 days if refrigerated at 0-6 °C (32-48 °F).
– Ideally, soil samples should be shipped using 1-day shipping with total transit time not to exceed more than 5 days at room temperature.
We recommend sampling at a depth of 6 inches to provide proper representation from the microbes located in both the topsoil and lower layers. Most pathogens and microbes involved with nutrient cycling and the supply of plant growth promoters are found in the rhizosphere, near the topsoil.
The metadata is required to map the allocations of samples to their corresponding blocks, defining and drawing comparisons between various blocks as well as calculating weather and soil data.