EarthOptics has mapped and physically measured one million acres of farmland. The milestone was achieved with its SoilMapper platform. EarthOptics also measures carbon for grassland and rangeland acreage with 300,000 tons of sequestered carbon completed. “We’re mapping soil carbon, soil fertility, soil health and soil compaction,” said Lars Dyred, CEO. Typically, the data is used for carbon credit programs for companies like Microsoft and United Airlines that are buying credits to offset their emissions. “Almost every program that we’re working with comes with payments to the growers. We call it a ‘decomoditization’ where farmers are getting paid for not just what they grow, but how they grow it.” EarthOptics plans to at least double its mapped acres in 2024. EarthOptics was founded in 2018. In addition to its office in Minneapolis, the company has locations in North Carolina, Virginia and Arkansas.
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