STRATEGIC WATER MANAGEMENT FOR THE SMART FARM
GroGuru helps farmers make more money by increasing crop yield while saving water and other scarce resources in a more sustainable way
Strategic Water Management Solutions for Farmers
GroGuru is focused on helping farmers implement strategic water management. We deploy soil sensors that measure things like soil moisture, temperature and salinity.
We wirelessly transmit this data to the Cloud where we add additional information and make AI-based recommendations to farmers about when and how much to irrigate their crops. Our recommendation engine accounts for the data that we get from the soil sensors, but also crop type, weather, soil type, and additional data.
The GroGuru solutions help farmers increase crop yield, while at the same time preserve water and other scarce resources in a more sustainable way. As a result, farmers can be more efficient and make more money.
As of July 2021, GroGuru has deployed over 4,000 sensors across over 200 customers in the United States. This includes deployments on over 1,000 sites, across over 20 diverse crop types including:
Initial customer deployments started in 2017, and GroGuru is now deployed in several key geographies across the United States.
We are Faced with a Massive Global Problem
We are faced with a global problem of catastrophic proportions where we have too many people, and not enough food or water.
There are 800 million chronically undernourished people in the world today, we are already using 70 percent of the global fresh water supply for agriculture irrigation, and we need to increase food production by 70 percent by the year 2050 just to keep pace with population growth (Source: FAO).
Optimal irrigation is required to maximize crop yield, and save water and other scarce resources in a sustainable way. GroGuru’s breakthrough irrigation management solution enables farmers to optimally irrigate their crops, and make more money.
How Do Farmers Manage Water Today?
Farmers use a variety of methods for making water management decision, but only about 10 percent of farmers in the U.S. are using soil sensors today, according to the FDA. Farmers that are using this technology are seeing increased crop yield and more efficient use of water and other resources, However, nearly all soil moisture sensors in the market today use cables from the sensors in the ground to the above ground telemetry. This requires annual installation and removal of the sensors in field crops like corn, soybeans, cotton, wheat, sorghum, and alfalfa. Even in fruit and nut trees and other perennial crops, many farmers do not want any cable based systems around their crops during harvest. GroGuru solves this problem by eliminating these cables.
The GroGuru Solution Enables a Permanent Installation
GroGuru enables a permanent installation model for soil sensors using our breakthrough Wireless Underground System (WUGS) technology, which dramatically reduces total cost of ownership, improves scalability, and gives farmers year-round data that is critical for strategic irrigation management.
The GroGuru solution is buried below the till depth and has a five year battery life. It communicates via our proprietary wireless underground system, without cables, to an easy to remove LoRa network bridge, or directly to the cloud using 4G cellular communicaions from the field. In the case of LoRa deployments, base unit bridges from LoRa to 4G cellular and transmits the data to the cloud. Over time, we will add other information about soil type, crop type and weather and apply machine learning to make recommendations to farmers about when and how much to irrigate. We provide the strategic irrigation recommendations via a simple user interface.
The GroGuru cable-based solution also provides a permanent installation for perennial crops, and offers an industry leading price-performance with the GroGuru soil sensor technology that measures soil moisture, salinity and temperature. We provide a choice to these farmers of a low cost solution using cables, or the WUGS system where no cables are present. Both solutions offer a significant value proposition to farmers with a payback period typically of less than one growing season.
Key Aspects of GroGuru’s Products
Easy to Install
Installation of the field units are very intuitive and take less than 20 minutes. With permanent installation, the units can be installed during the dormant season when you have more time and labor is not as scarce.
Easy to Use
Information and recommendations available on your desktop, laptop, tablet or your iOS or Android mobile device via our easy to use web app or mobile app.
Strategic Water Management
GroGuru provides agronomy support and our machine learning and AI algorithms, along with year round data with perm install, provide better information on soil type, crop templates, root density and other factors that impact when and how much to irrigation your crops.