GroGuru new technology demonstrated at irrigation show


GroGuru demonstrated its next generation wireless underground sensor technology on Sept. 6 at the Irrigation Innovation Consortium research demo and meeting. The consortium prioritizes remote sensing and big data applications for improving water management, irrigation technology acceleration and technology transfer.

Earlier this year, the Consortium, which is composed of five universities and five industry partners, was awarded $5 million collectively to launch a research program to increase water and energy efficiency. Fresno State and other consortium partners have also matched the grant with an additional $5 million donation to bring the total investment to $10 million over five years.

GroGuru, Inc. is a privately held company based in San Diego, California, focused on enabling farmers to optimally use water and fertilizer with an innovative hardware-enabled Software as a Service (Saas) solution. GroGuru’s 100 per cent wireless precision irrigation monitoring system promises broad application in field crops.

“We are faced with a global crisis where there are already 800 million chronically undernourished people in the world today, and we need to increase our food production by 70 per cent by the year 2050 just to keep pace with population growth,” said Patrick Henry, president and CEO of GroGuru. “With 70 per cent of the world’s fresh water supply already being used for agriculture irrigation, we need new technologies to allow farmers to more efficiently use water, increase crop yields and do so in a more sustainable way, while still staying in business. Initiatives like the Irrigation Innovation Consortium, innovative technologies from companies like GroGuru, and our forward-thinking farming community are essential for addressing this critical global issue.”

GroGuru’s 100 per cent wireless solution includes soil sensors that can transmit wirelessly when buried in the soil. This results in “permanent” installs of soil sensors, where they have battery life of five to 10 years. There is no need to remove the soil sensors at the time of harvest and put them back later. There is also no need for farmers to modify their cultivation operations to work around the soil sensors.

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