New app gives growers access to vast database of Scotland's soil types

The James Hutton Institute has launched its first iPhone app, a guide to the soil types of Scotland's agricultural land.

SIFSS screenshot - image:JHI
SIFSS screenshot - image:JHI
Launched last week at the Winter Potato Meeting of the Scottish Society for Crop Research, SIFSS (Soil Indicators for Scottish Soils) is a free GPS-enabled tool allowing growers, farmers and land managers to find out the soil type in a given area.

The institute and its predecessor organisations have been collecting data on Scotland’s soils since the 1940s, resulting in a library of information on over 13,000 locations and over 40,000 individual samples, summarised into the Scottish Soils Knowledge and Information Base (SSKIB) which can be accessed through the app.

It is compatible with iPhone 3GS onwards, iPod touch 3rd generation onwards and the iPad, and is available through Apple's App Store.

A free SIFSS interface for web browsers is also available.

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