Phillip R. Owens, associate professor of agronomy at Purdue's College of Agriculture, said
"These functional maps show properties like organic carbon content, clay content, the location of water tables, the native nutrient potential, catatonic exchange and more," he said. "They also show categorized information like the highest- and lowest-yielding areas, how much water the soil would store after a rainfall event, and how fast a farmer could expect runoff. This information could impact how farmers choose to manage their land and their crops in order to decrease costs and increase profits."

Phillip R. Owens, left, Purdue University associate professor of agronomy, and doctoral graduate Jenette Ashtekar compare a soil sample in an auger to a functional soil map on a digital tablet.

Core Foundation help bring technology to Latin America to benefit poor farmers and bust their economy,

Soil Mapping technology (Esperanza Project).