SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — The new RapidProbe soil sampling machine pulls twice as many cores per hour as a man on a quad.
RapidProbe is the latest high performance soil sampler from Ag-Robotics, the company that produces the tracked on-the-go AutoProbe soil sampler.
“AutoProbe was developed for large input dealers and suppliers who have a big footprint that requires sampling,” says AgRobotics chief executive officer Jeff Burton.
Capable of pulling 20 cores per minute on the go, the original Auto-Probe is unchallenged as the top performing soil sampling unit.
Burton said once AutoProbe was on the market, the company saw a rapidly growing demand for soil sampling machinery that would be more efficient than units on four-wheelers and pickups.
“RapidProbe is still a stop and go machine. It doesn’t keep rolling like the rubber track AutoProbe. But it still pulls about half as many cores per hour as our AutoProbe,” says Burton.
“The important point is that it pulls twice as many cores per hour as a man on a four-wheeler with a conventional probe. So it fits almost exactly in the middle of the market.”
At a cost of $49,500, Burton says RapidProbe is aimed at large farmers, consultants and smaller input dealers who don’t sample enough acres to justify the lease/licence arrangement for AutoProbe.
A unique feature of RapidProbe is that it pulls two cores simultaneousl y, one from the left side of the machine and one from the right.
Once cores are pulled, the auger mixes the soil for each sample as that soil travels forward to the cab. The auger delivers the sample directly to the operator and automatically drops it into the waiting bag.
The operator only needs to seal and label the bag.
RapidProbe is fully GPS compatible, so all samples are geo-referenced. The Kubota four-wheel drive RTV easily adapts to autosteer to ensure accuracy of the sample points.
Burton says the company picked the Kubota because it also comes standard with sufficient hydraulic capacity to handle the all-hydraulic RapidProbe system.
“Most areas now require 12 inch sampling. There are still areas where they only need eight inches, but the trend is definitely toward deeper sampling,” says Burton.
“The demand is really growing now for 18 and 24 inch samples. We don’t have a machine for that yet, but we’re working on it.”
Contact Jeff Burton at 800-734-8770 or visit www.agrobotics.com.