The Evolution of a Revolution
Third generation farmer Jim Burton pulled soils samples manually on his family's farm and never cared much for the time consuming, labor intensive work. He knew there had to be a better way to collect quality soil data. He also believed that the agriculture industry seemed to be ignoring the fact that on the farm every decision depends on the quality of your soil data. With a degree in Agricultural Engineering and 35 years of day-to-day farming experience, Burton set out to find a better way to collect high quality soil data.
Born in the Delta
His first prototype, named Opel, was completed in 2002. He spent the next six years refining and carefully adjusting the design and in 2008 AutoProbe™ was given top honors at the World Ag Expo. The following fall AutoProbe™ was put to the test in the Mississippi Delta from the Missouri Bootheel down through southern Louisiana collecting thousands of cores and impressing growers and soil labs at every stop.
Raised in the Midwest
Soon AutoProbe™ had attracted industry attention from the largest of Ag Retailers, Seed Companies and Equipment Dealers with all offering AutoProbe™ soil collection as an integral component of their branded precision programs. In 2012 AutoProbes™ were dispatched to collect samples from more than 120,000 acres across 12 states. Since 2008 over half a million acres have been sampled for growers in 18 different states.
Now AutoProbe™ is available for purchase. Here's what growers and industry professionals are saying...
The original Opel prototype built by hand in 2001 by Jim Burton in his Arkansas shop.
AutoProbe #1 in 2007 in the field for testing.
AutoProbe commercial prototype #1 taking samples for analysis for the first time at Mitchell Farms for Clay Mitchell's single row corn research.
The first three AutoProbes deployed in Delta fields in 2008.
AutoProbes loaded up and ready to head north to fields in the Mid West Corn Belt
A group of growers learn about the benefits of AutoProbe at a field day in Washington Court House, IN.