Soil Science & GIS

VinPro’s independent soil scientists specialise in precision soil surveys and mapping for informed decision support and risk management in the wine industry. The main goal: to ensure sustainable soil management with customised solutions.

GIS SERVICES

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used at VinPro to capture, store, manipulate, analyse, manage and present soil and other useful spatial data. VinPro offers customized mapping solutions for the wine industry.

GIS Mapping solutions

  • Basic farm maps
    • Block layouts with block data
    • Aerial imagery
    • Contour maps
    • Farm boundaries
    • Area calculations
  • Soil mapping
    • GPS logging of profile pits and data capturing
    • GPS soil photo database
    • Colour Interpolation maps of soil properties
    • Variable Rate Application calculations with GIS
  • Terrain analysis
    • Altitude
    • Slope in degrees or percentage
    • Aspect of slope
    • Curvature of slope
    • Solar Radiation
    • Day length
    • Flow direction and accumulation
  • Remote sensing
    • NDVI mapping
    • EM38 mapping
  • Digitizing solutions
    • Scanning of old soil maps and geo-referencing
    • Digitizing of soil blocks and block data(SAWIS data) joining

SOIL SCIENCE SERVICES

Soil management lies at the core of sustainable farming. Proper knowledge of your soil properties and how to maintain optimal soil fertility is of vital importance to the grape producer. VinPro offers a wide variety of soil consulting services.

  • Soil Classification

A detail soil map is the base of any farm planning. Detail descriptions of physical soil properties and rectification measures is needed to successfully plan a new vineyard. Below is different soil properties that is classified during a profile inspection.

    • Soil group (14 groups)
    • Soil form  (73 forms)
    • Soil family (404 families)
    • Soil horizon descriptions
    • Soil family descriptions
    • Depths of all soil horizons and effective rooting depth
    • Amount and size of coarse fragments/rocks
    • Topsoil and subsoil limitations
    • Soil texture
    • Soil clay content
    • Soil wetness
    • Soil suitability (vigour index)
    • Transitional soil form
  • Soil Sampling
    • Taking of soil samples
    • Delivering soil samples to an accredited soil laboratory
    • Interpretation of chemical results with physical soil properties in mind
  • Soil Mapping
    • Soil maps, created with ArcGIS software
    • Chemical amelioration maps
  • Soil ameliorant recommendations
  • Physical soil alteration recommendations
    • Soil preparation
    • Drainage advice

MEET THE TEAM

Heinrich Schloms
GIS SOIL SCIENTIST
Tel: +27 (0)83 480 2686
E-mail: heinrich@vinpro.co.za

Johan de Jager
SOIL SCIENTIST
Tel: +27 (0) 72 139 9661
E-mail: johan@vinpro.co.za