Midwestern BioAg: Measures soil health like never before with trace genomics

BLUE MOUNDS, WIS. – In partnership with Trace Genomics, Midwestern BioAg adopts the most advanced, commercially-available soil testing in the industry. Trace Genomics provides a full chemical soil test and 21 biology and pathology analyses to demonstrate changes in soil health through the effects of management practices.

With the advanced soil analytics by Trace Genomics, Midwestern BioAg consultants can now track numerous soil health metrics on customers’ farms such as changes to soil bacterial populations, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling, active soil carbon, and total organic carbon among many other important parameters. 

Midwestern BioAg consultants can more accurately scout and predict disease pressure by measuring populations of Anthracnose, Rhizoctonia, and other significant soil-borne diseases. Total organic carbon is an important component of soil health and will increasingly be used for verifying soil carbon accumulations, leading to other sources of revenue for our customers through carbon trading. 

For nearly 40 years, Midwestern BioAg has worked to improved soil health through biological farming – understanding that biology is equally as important as the physical and chemical properties of soil.

Improvements to soil biology have previously been demonstrated most often through crop performance. Recognizing that changes in soil biology have historically been difficult to detect, Midwestern BioAg is excited to implement these analyses in showcasing how the Midwestern BioAg program improves soil health for customer’s fields – overall, making their farmers more resilient and profitable.

About Midwestern BioAg
Midwestern BioAg works with both organic and conventional farms to improve crop yields, sustainably and profitably, through a comprehensive, soil-centric, whole-farm management system. Midwestern BioAg was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Blue Mounds, Wis. Visit: www.midwesternbioag.com or follow on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for more information.

About Trace Genomics

Trace Genomics has developed the first analytics engine that learns as it maps the living soil. Founded in 2015 by two Stanford PhDs, Poornima Parameswaran and Diane Wu, Trace Genomics helps agricultural industry professionals including agronomists and growers maximize the value of every acre. The company is building the largest, most actionable body of soil intelligence, making their customers experts on what’s underground. Working collaboratively across the agriculture ecosystem, Trace Genomics has operations in Ames, Iowa and Silicon Valley. Dan Vradenburg joined the company in 2019 as CEO, bringing four decades of farming knowledge and business expertise. Positioning the company for scale and success, Vradenburg has appointed an experienced and accomplished leadership team.