Drs. Anamosa and Madden are well versed in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software and Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) data to create thematic maps for land managers. Vineyard Soil Technologies can draw upon both public access data, such as aerial photos, USDA Soil Maps, USGS Topographic and Geology maps, as well as, spatial datasets to create color coded maps for quantifying slope, aspect-exposure, streams and wildlife setbacks.
We can create vineyard block maps that outline each block and provide labels with block name, variety, rootstock, vine spacing, trellis type, acreage, etc. All of the soil and land evaluation products will contain several maps of the soils physical and chemical characteristics. The reader will be able to see how soil properties change across the landscape and understand how these changes influenced vineyard block design.
We also use electromagnetic (EM) induction techniques to measure the apparent conductivity of soil down to a 5-foot depth. This technology is used to determine where and how soils change across a landscape. It has been used to estimate the depth and thickness of clay layers, locate sand and gravel deposits, predict soil water contents, and map soil salinity.