February 20, 2014
Solum was founded five years ago on the belief that soil information is the base layer for precision agriculture. We have made tremendous progress since then and are extremely proud of our efforts to support our motto “Insight from the ground up.” With this blog post, we are excited to announce our next big step.
We have decided to sell our soil testing operations to The Climate Corporation, which is part of Monsanto Company. This decision will dramatically increase our ability to deliver better soil measurement solutions to farmers and the retailers and agronomists who serve them. Our goals are very well aligned. The Climate Corporation is committed to using data science to help farmers identify ways they can continue to optimize crop yields and use resources more efficiently. As part of The Climate Corporation’s overall technology platform, Solum’s industry-leading soil analysis should be able to deliver even better insights. We are more excited than we have ever been about the future we can create with our partners.
The acquisition includes the Solum brand, soil testing intellectual property, the soil test lab in Ames, Iowa, and the No-Wait NitrateTM platform. In the past year, Solum has also been working to develop farm management software. This software business line and the remaining company will remain independent under a new brand, Granular, Inc. Check out their website – granular.ag.
So what does this mean for Solum’s customers?
We are very much looking forward to continuing to work with agriculture retailers and agronomists and to building new working relationships with Monsanto’s channel partners. The Ames lab will continue to provide its highly accurate and reliable mail-in sample service to help customers measure and manage their soil fertility, and we will continue to support existing customer agreements and plans. The Climate Corporation will continue to operate our No-Wait NitrateTM platform, which offers real-time measurement of soil Nitrate levels from the edge of the field. Existing plans for both the soil lab and No-Wait Nitrate will remain the same while supplies last.
So what does this mean for the future of the Solum soil testing technology?
The Solum soil science intellectual property and capabilities will be added to the technology platform that powers Climate’s products, particularly the advisory services for farmers. The Climate Corporation has a deep appreciation for the importance of soil information so their team is very excited about having us on board.
Becoming a part of Climate will allow us to better serve the agricultural community by allowing us to deliver even more technologically advanced solutions in a simpler and easier way. Our customers should not notice any changes working with us, but we are excited to share new, expanded product offering in the future.