Designed for independent farm advisors
We're completely independent, offering unbiased, data-driven tools without trying to push specific products or inputs.
Adapting to meet your needs
With the agility of a start-up at our core, we rapidly adapt our platforms to suit your needs. You can even have a bespoke white-labelled version.
Leveraging soil science expertise
With our co-founder Ben's background as a soil scientist, our platform reflects a depth of understanding that unearths hidden value to help you manage your soils
Your data, no ifs or buts
We share your passion for improving soil health and respect your data privacy. We're not here to 'nick' your data, but to contribute to healthier soil, just like you.
Easily visualise and tabulate your historic soil data
Is your soil data sitting across a variety of platforms? Or printed off in multiple folders? Or just hard to get into a format that you can make a decision with?
Save time spent on repetitive tasks
Use our platform to easily complete jobs like creating Soil Management Plans for Red Tractor and SFI.
Benchmark your soil properties
The platform - as our name suggests - enables farmers and advisors to choose to anonymously benchmark their data, and learn from each other. We fundamentally believe that farmers learn best from other farmers, not from academics or official guidance.
Extract and use the underlying topography, geology and soil maps for your fields
Our platform is integrated with key UK wide datasets, allowing you to easily extract the relevant data, cropped to each field on the farm.
View 30 years worth of local climate data
Easily see the local climatic context for each of your fields, and highlight anomalies in rainfall, temperature, or sunlight hours.
All insights are simply guided by
by the data.
All information is anonymised and stored on secure servers, with password protection.
Monthly subscriptions based on which features you actually use.
Easy to use
Intuitive interfaces which you can get used to in no time.
Try it for yourself!
Get started in 30 seconds
Create your account
Sign up with just an email address.
Find your farm
Use your SBI number to import field boundaries.
Get your data
Link your field boundaries to soil maps, run-off risk, erosion risk, and proximity to waterways and sensitive areas.
Farm Hand, Winterfell
Rooted in Agriculture,
Grounded in Science
Our co-founders, Tom and Ben, first met through the British Society of Soil Science. They are both soil and data nerds, who are as passionate about improving soil health as our customers.
We love working with and learning from farmers and agronomists - the original soil gurus. We see our role as helping customers to better use available data and share knowledge with each other.
While we're proud that farmers and agronomists have trusted us with data from more than 115,000 acres, we are still a small, adaptable team and our platform is built around what our customers ask us to develop.
Tom and Ben came together in early 2022 to start Soil Benchmark. But our story goes back much further.
Tom had grown up on a small farm in North Yorkshire, and was working for a company selling bio-fertilisers to farmers. Soil samples were taken and farm data collected. But the main purpose was selling inputs to those farmers - after that the data was largely left to gather dust. The questions farmers were always asking Tom, though, were not about which inputs to buy, but 'what should I be doing to look after my soils better?' or 'what are the other farmers you work with doing?'.
At the same time Ben was a Digital Soil Scientist at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, building algorithms and web applications to analyse large collections of soil data and also surveying soils across Scotland. He had a passion for the role of sustainable soil management in overcoming the great environmental challenges of our time, and wanted to use his skills to help turn around the long term declines in soil health in agriculture.
Tom and Ben decided to start Soil Benchmark to achieve this vision. The core ambition that drove them was to harness the huge amount of underutilised data from farms and Government Organisations to shape a future where healthy soils support profitable farms delivering nutritious food, clean rivers, thriving wildlife, and carbon removal.
We've come a long way since Tom and Ben launched Soil Benchmark with that simple idea. Farmers and advisors use our platform to support soil health on more than 115,000 acres of UK farmland. We've been backed by DEFRA, Ordnance Survey, the European Space Agency, independent agronomists and far-sighted investors who support us on this journey.
But we are just getting started. We still think it's crazy how much environmental data sits siloed on farms or is not utilised to help inform sustainable soil management. So we're on a mission to make this data work for farmers' soils. Join us.
Frequently Asked Questions
It's super quick:
- Create an account - no card details required, just add your email and accept the T&Cs.
- Add an SBI number so we can extract your field boundaries.
- Sit back and relax whilst the relevant soil and environmental data for your fields is scraped from our database.
To pre-populate an SFI or Red Tractor Soil Management Plan, we only require an SBI number .
To unlock benchmarking and more advanced analytical features, you can add any of the following farm data (which will be held anonymously on our secure servers):
- soil samples
- cropping histories
- yield records
- tillage records
- input applications
- livestock movements
Yes! Please book a call to arrange a 30 minute demo.
Not yet, no.
The background data we use to drive many of our tools is currently restricted to England.
If you are a farmer or agronomist outside of England and are interested in using our tools, please book a call and we ca discuss expanding our coverage to your location.
Yes, we are clear that it's your data, and you are free to take it from the platform whenever you wish.
This is reflected in our T&Cs which you can read here.
The easiest way is to export data from an existing farm management software. We can work with exports from all common platforms.
We also have tools to digitise paper and pdf documents - simply take a photo of an old soil sample, upload it via our Dropbox style link, and we will digitise it for you, for free!
Its completely free to start using Soil Benchmark.
We charge customers a monthly subscription to use our advanced features. You only pay for the features you actually use, and the number of user accounts you have linked.
We offer a bespoke package for agronomy companies and large farms wanting a 'white-labelled' bespoke version of the platform, with additional features developed for their needs. Please book a call if you would like to discuss this option.
Learn about your soil
Your team can be up and running in 30 minutes or less.
Our platform brings together disparate soil sample and soil management information to allow you to see clearly, in one place, the history of your fields and how they’ve been managed.
From soil samples, to cropping histories, to the tillage practices you’ve used – we can add any information that you want to compare.
Plus we will digitise and map any paper information you upload - for free!
Our tools automatically calculate and complete details such as run-off or erosion risk, saving you time and effort. Use historic data stored on the platform to fill out other sections quickly and accurately, without having to go digging in old files or emails.
Spend less time stuck behind a screen, and more where you want to be.
By contributing your information to the platform, you unlock insights from our a growing pool of other farmers, already covering more than 115,000 acres. Learn from what has worked on comparable farms, and add your insights to help other farmers improve the health of their soils.
See for each of your fields what practices have improved soil health and farm performance on comparable fields in our database. We combine data from soil type and topography to climate and farm history to find the most relevant comparisons for you to learn from.
All our benchmarking tools work on the same principle – the more information you contribute to the platform, the more you will be able to access from other farmers and advisors.
Use our platform to extract data for each field on:
- Topography: helping you calculate run-off and erosion risk, based on the Environment Agency's newly released LIDAR data
- Geology: use layers from our partners at the British Geological Survey, cropped to your fields, including estimated soil depth and soil texture
- Soil Maps: Access the soil series data for each field from national soil maps held at Cranfield University and the James Hutton Institute
Working with our partners at the Met Office, use our platform to see the climate data for any of your fields going back 30 years. Climate data you can access through our platform includes:
- Daily or monthly temperature (maximum, minimum, mean)
- Rainfall (monthly total)
- Sunlight hours (monthly total)
- Wind speed (monthly average)
- Humidity (monthly average)
- Ground frost days
The platform allows you to identify and flag unusual spikes in any of these datasets. Compare these against farm records such as yield records or movements in soil nutrient levels.