How to visualize soil test results
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Written by Valeriya
Updated over a week ago

OneSoil Yield allows you to visualize, analyze, and store soil test results for fields saved in your account. What’s more, you can use data about actual nutrient content in the soil to create prescription maps for variable-rate application.

The tool works in three steps:

  1. Upload a file

  2. Match data

  3. Visualize the file

↕️ Upload a file


We work with shapefiles (.shp) and .kmz files archived in .zip, .rar, .tar, or .tar.gz that are up to 500 MB in size, and you can upload several files at once.

There are two ways to upload a file:

  1. Go to the ‘Upload data’ tab, select ‘Soil test results’, and drop the necessary file.

2. Select a field from the list and click the ‘Upload data’ button. Then, choose ‘Soil test results’ and drag and drop the necessary file.

Uploading an .xls file?

No worries. We can visualize it, too!

Just make sure that:

  • The soil sampling map has been created in OneSoil Yield. Because .xls files don’t contain GPS coordinates, we can only read and visualize the results if they correspond to zones previously created in OneSoil Yield.

  • The field for which you are uploading soil test results is added to your account.

  • The numbering order for the zones is the same on the map and in the file.

  • The data in the file is structured according to this template: All attributes must be listed on one page; data must be added starting from row 1 and column A; and data must be written vertically.

  • A minimum of 3 columns are filled: one with field names, one with sample IDs, and at least one with nutrients.

  • The column headers must have less than 30 symbols, fit within a single line, and should not have merged cells or other formatting.

If everything is OK, after you drop a file, select the field you are uploading the data for by matching the attribute that corresponds to the field name.

Time to see what’s inside the file!

🧮 Match data

Match the nutrient names in the uploaded files with the corresponding options in OneSoil, then select the analysis method (optional) and units. You can add your own attribute(s) if necessary. Please remember that we will import and visualize only attributes that you’ve matched.

After you match the columns, we’ll start importing the file. Fields with new uploaded data will be labeled in the field list:

👀 Visualize the file

To see uploaded test results, go to the ‘Field report’ tab or the ‘Data’ tab.

You can open individual nutrient maps and view their levels within the field. Hover the mouse cursor over a zone or a point to see the nutrient value in that area. Switch between layers in the left sidebar to see the maps for different nutrients. You can also compare nutrient maps with other layers, such as productivity zones, etc.

You can also filter out fields for which you’ve uploaded soil test data, like in the image below:

How files are visualized:

  • If the file contains zones, we’ll visualize these zones on the corresponding fields.

  • If the file contains points, we’ll interpolate values within the corresponding field boundaries.

  • If the file contains both zones and points, we’ll visualize zones only.

Ready to see your field’s nutrient status?

Need to create a map for soil sampling?

We’ve got a great tool for that!

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