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GroGuru is very excited to announce that we have joined the United Nations Global Compact! The UNGC is a non-binding UN pact that encourages businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation. This organization provides a universal language for corporate responsibility in addition to framework to guide all businesses regardless of size, complexity or location.

When you join the UN Global Compact, you’re taking an important, public step to transform the world through principled business. Participation makes a statement about your values, and it benefits both society and your company’s long-term success. The team here at GroGuru encourages anyone and EVERYONE (businesses, civil society organizations, business associations, labour organizations, academic institutions, cities, etc.) to join this fantastic venture in shaping a sustainable future! There is room for everyone, so come on board!

For more information, visit: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/

Benefits of joining:
* Unprecedented networking access with UN Global Compact participants – representing nearly every industry sector and size, in over 160 countries
* Access to partnerships with a range of stakeholders – to share best practices and emerging solutions
* Best practice guidance – built on 15 years of successes
* Tools, resources and trainings
* Local Network support in 85 countries
* The moral authority, knowledge and experience of the United Nations

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In this interview with Patrick Henry, CEO and Dr. Jeff Campbell, GroGuru’s Chief Science Officer, they discuss the best advice that they can give to the consumers using GroGuru’s solutions. The GroGuru sensors monitor soil salinity and EC, and are easy to install. Contact us for a quote for your individual growing needs.

Patrick: What is your best advice for people using the GroGuru solution in the indoor and horticulture growing market?

Jeff: In that case, some of the best applications are to automate your irrigation. Now you can set the timing. You can irrigate only when you need to. You can turn on your drip system based on thresholds for irrigation. You can also monitor salinity in the actual growing medium. You can see if you’re building up salts in the medium and know when you might experience nutrient lockout.

Patrick: In outdoor growing, sometimes there are limitations on when you can access well water or how frequently you can run your irrigation system, whether it’s a drip irrigation system in an orchard or center pivot irrigation in a cornfield. What are your best recommendations in the outdoor growing market? Is it so variable that there’s not one consistent set of recommendations?

Jeff: There’s really not one consistent set of recommendations. One of the strengths of our software is that we look at forecasted ET and how much water is available in the soil. We can start forecasting into the future what we think water levels will be in your soil.
We can say, “We think you’re going to need to irrigate in seven days.” If you have water available in five days, and the next period is another five days after that, you will want to water after five days. You won’t want to skip that watering. Then you’re in trouble. You’re going to stress your plants before you have the next chance at water. We can tell you how long to run the system based on the moisture levels before the scheduled irrigation time.

Patrick: Do you have any parting comment or key thoughts related to adopting sensor technology to help manage irrigation?

Jeff: Farmers have been managing irrigation for millennium.

Patrick: Yes, back to Egypt.

Jeff: Yes. That’s what has allowed us to have cities. It’s been done mainly on rule of thumb. Sometimes it’s no more sophisticated than walking around a field and kicking your heel into the dirt. There’s nothing wrong with that. Farmers will always do that in the future. They should do that. What we can do is give them a much better view of what’s actually going on in the soil and help them manage that resource for the best yield and best use of input.

Patrick: This has been great. I’m here with Jeff Campbell, GroGuru’s Chief Science Officer. I’m Patrick Henry, the CEO of GroGuru, signing off. Tune in next time.

Did you enjoy this video? If so, leave a comment and let us know what you liked! We appreciate your feedback! We are happy to talk with you about your specific sensor needs and locations. Please contact us today to get started.

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Gro Guru by Groguru Team - 3M ago

Last year, the GroGuru team installed our first generation soil data monitoring system on Mr. Mike Nielsens almond farm. Throughout the year, we anxiously awaited hearing the different ways how our product had impacted Mr. Nielsens growing season. The results were the best we could have expected. Testimonial below:

  • You improved yield from 1700 lbs/acre last year to 2100 lbs/year in 2018? What were your average yields in 2016, 2015.. previous years?

“My 2018 almond production was the best ever on the Caboose ranch.   We harvested 2059 lbs/ac.   Our almond production has fluctuated greatly over the last few years it ranged from 1090 lbs/ac in 2015 to 1926 lbs/ac in 2012.   In 2016 we produced 1230 lbs/ac.  and in 2017 we produced 1650 lbs/ac.   I attribute most of the success this last year to better water management many thanks to Groguru.   It was good to be over 2000 lbs. this last year and I look forward to see what the coming years will bring.”

  • How was the quality of the Almonds in 2018 vs 2017?

“The trees definitely responded and grew very well this last year.   In fact one day I was spraying on the ranch and a farmer who said he lived in the area actually stopped and asked what I was doing differently to the orchard?    It was nice to see that others were noticing the differences besides me.    The nut quality was excellent as usual but the increased growth is what was noticed.   If nuts fill in in the additional tree growth, 2019 should be an even better year.”

  • The yield increase should have translated to more than $1200/acre this year and if yes, you’re a happy camper.
    What was your power usage 2018 vs 2017 and previous years?

“I originally added Groguru to the field to “save” water but what I noticed was I was actually under-irrigating the field. Even though I did use more water over the growing season I would imagine with the management help of Groguru my overall PG&E cost did not reflect the increase. With proper irrigation management it was much easier to irrigate only on off peak hours rather than throughout the day when the costs are higher.”

Overall I am very happy with the addition of Groguru to my fields.    I love the ability I now have to check all my field’s soil moisture right from my phone.    The installation staff is incredible and have been very helpful and easy to work with too.   It has also been so nice to have a Plant Scientist on staff to answer any questions just a phone call away.  Many thanks to Farooq and the whole Groguru team.

Thank you Mr. Nielsen for giving us the feedback that helps us continue to make this company the optimal solution for soil management.

Did you enjoy this article? If so, leave a comment and let us know what you liked! We appreciate your feedback! We are happy to talk with you about your specific sensor needs and locations. Please contact us today to get started.

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In this interview with Patrick Henry, CEO and Dr. Jeff Campbell, GroGuru’s Chief Science Officer, they discuss how frequently your system should be flushed to prevent buildup. The GroGuru sensors monitor soil salinity and EC, and are easy to install. Contact us for a quote for your individual growing needs.

Patrick: This is hypothetical. I don’t know that it would be the exact case in a farmer’s situation. Let’s say that I’ve dialed it in. I’m optimally irrigating for soil moisture content. I’m starting to get salt build-up. Let’s say that a growth season is six months long. How frequently do you need to flush the system to make sure there isn’t salt build up or apply gypsum?

Jeff: Oftentimes, it’s currently done by rule of thumb. Our system allows you to say, “I can now track that in real time. I can only flush when I see salts build up to a certain level.” Let that guide your decision. It depends on the amount of natural rainfall, the quality of the water, and how well you’ve done on managing your irrigation.

Patrick: There are a lot of variables.

Jeff: There are a lot of variables. Right now, the answer that most farmers use is that they really don’t know. They have no way of seeing those conditions. They use a rule of thumb. Maybe they manage it three times a season with an intentional flush. We can guide that process.

Patrick: This is an area where the GroGuru solution really helps. Instead of guessing, you have real data and you can make decisions based on that.

Jeff: Right. We may tell you to flush more or less often, both of which help you. Either you avoid wasting water or you more effectively manage your salinity.

Patrick: As an outdoor grower, how do you know that you’re over irrigating?

Jeff: If you’re trying to manage irrigation for efficiency, you want to wet the upper profile or your soil consistently. You want to make sure that the lower soil depth near the bottom of the root zone never gets or exceeds field capacity. When that happens, water will move freely through the soil below that root zone.

Patrick: Then you’re wasting water.

Jeff: Yes. It’s gone. It will either end up in grown water or stream flow. Your plants won’t see that water. It’s carrying nutrients away with it as well.

Did you enjoy this video? If so, leave a comment and let us know what you liked! We appreciate your feedback! We are happy to talk with you about your specific sensor needs and locations. Please contact us today to get started.

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Gro Guru by Groguru Team - 3M ago

How would you like the chance to be granted up to $100,000?

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is pleased to announce a competitive grant application process for the 2018 State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) Round 1. The 2018 SWEEP funding arises from the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018 which allocated $20 million to CDFA to provide grant funding directly to California agricultural operations to incentivize activities that reduce on-farm water use and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from irrigation and water pumping systems on California agriculture operations. ($100,000 limit per farm)

In short: The program’s objective is to provide financial incentives for California agricultural operations to invest in irrigation systems that save water and reduce GHG emissions.

So how do you qualify for something like this? Glad you asked! All you’d have to do to become eligible for this life changing sum of money is become a GroGuru supporter! By installing GroGuru’s soil sensors, you are reducing water usage and the production of greenhouse gases by modernizing/automating your farm. If you are selected for the grant money, all the sensors and services provided by GroGuru end up paying for themselves! It’s a win/win. Save water, reduce your GHG emissions, AND have the chance to win up to $100,000! If you already have GroGuru sensors, you are one step ahead!

Applicants must create a user account to submit a grant application, and the deadline to submit is March 8th, 2019. Now, we know the application might seem a bit daunting, especially with the due date being two months away, but we want to let you know that we are more than happy to help with the process! It’s for $100,000 people!! Definitely worth the time and effort. All you have to do is become a GroGuru user, and we will help you the rest of the way!

For any questions or concerns, please contact Braden Cardoza at bradencardoza@mail.fresnostate.edu

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In this interview with Patrick Henry, CEO and Dr. Jeff Campbell, GroGuru’s Chief Science Officer, they discuss the most effective, and efficient way to insert them into your soil. The GroGuru sensors monitor soil salinity and EC, and are easy to install. Contact us for a quote for your individual growing needs.

Patrick: I know that our soil probes have three prongs. Is it best to insert those horizontally or vertically in the grow medium or soil?

Jeff: The sensors will work in any orientation, but we recommend that you install them horizontally. The reason for that is that it interferes the least with the natural flow of water up and down through the soil profile.

Patrick: It’s for gravity purposes.

Jeff: Right. By installing it horizontally in the middle of your container, you get the best average reading of the moisture in your container.

Patrick: How do I combine the measurements of soil salinity and soil moisture together to better manage irrigation for crop growth in the outgrow market, like perennial crops or row crops?

Jeff: You can avoid over irrigation. We know what the penalties are. You waste power. You waste a scarce resource, water. You waste fertilizer. Plus, you can exacerbate disease issues. Let’s suppose that you manage irrigation perfectly. You’re applying only the water the plants need. Every time you add water, you’re carrying some salts in the water. Those get deposited over time.
If you go too perfectly with irrigation management and you don’t have a lot of natural rainfall, you’ll get salts that build up in the soil. You don’t want to get to the point where those salts impact the yield or crop quality. Particularly in the West, you have to balance those two issues against each other. You want irrigation to be efficient, but you don’t want to take a hit on yield by salinity.

Did you enjoy this video? If so, leave a comment and let us know what you liked! We appreciate your feedback! We are happy to talk with you about your specific sensor needs and locations. Please contact us today to get started.

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Farmers are constantly wondering if they are doing their irrigation at the right time and for the right amount of time. At GroGuru, we created sensors that solve that problem completely. We use game changing technology to help growers make more money by converting soil data into increased crop yield. Our underground sensors measure soil moisture and soil salinity in real-time, resulting in precise recommendations to the growers, unlike anything that has been possible earlier. Watch this video that explains how the sensors work:

How Sensors Help Crops - YouTube

Patrick:    One of the key technologies that you provide is the soil sensing technology, which checks moisture and salinity. That is the salt level. That’s one factor to determine how much fertilizer to use. What do you call the technology for each of those nodes?

Farooq:    We call them stems that are connected to sensors. I will show you an example of a stem. This is a stem and these are the soil sensors. The soil sensors go in the ground. You will see three of these at every location. One goes above the root zone, one around the root zone and one below. Each of them is measuring moisture, salinity and temperature. It sends the information to the box that we call the stem.

Patrick:    Then the stem connects to the base unit that aggregates the data across all the different stems that are on a farm.

Farooq:    That is right.

Patrick:    You mentioned that each stem is also capable of supporting other sensors. Talk a little bit about that.

Farooq:    This one sensor was our initial entry point into this market. At the same time, we have made this platform extensible so that you can add other sensors. You can add a pressure sensor to this platform.

Patrick:    What does a pressure sensor do?

Farooq:    The pressure sensor measures the pressure in the irrigation pipes that are installed in a vineyard or farm.

Patrick:    It’s the water pressure in an irrigation system.

Farooq:    Exactly. It tells the farmer two main things. First, it helps them determine whether the crew is doing the irrigation at the right time and the for the right amount of time. Second, it helps determine the health of the irrigation system. We are not looking at just the soil. We are also looking at whether you are applying water at the right time and for the right amount of time.

It’s more like a water management system. Going forward, we also plan to add other sensors, such as a water flow meter. This is something that government regulations require farmers to report. They need to report how much of the ground water they are using. The typical approach these days is to have people drive around and note the readings on the flow meter valves. The platform is extensible so that we can add these other types of sensors. That is what we are planning to do.

Patrick:    All of this data comes out of the ground and from the water pipes. Then it gets sent up into the cloud. How does the farmer view that data?

Farooq:    We have a machine learning algorithms and sending them to the cloud tailored for agriculture. It uses the data and, right now, focuses on two main recommendations for the farmers that I mentioned earlier. That is the right time and the right amount of water, and the right level of salinity and fertilizer. We present the data to the farmer on apps that we have in the App Store. There is a GroGuru app in the App Store for iPhone and iPad.

We also have a web application. As soon as the farmer logs in, he will be able to look at the different locations on the site to see that everything is okay. The yellow lights indicate to him that something is not okay. The farmer has to take action for the yellow or red lights. To determine the actions, the farmer can click and see what action to take, as part of the recommendations that we provide to the farmer.

Patrick:    Your machine learning artificial intelligence system determines if it’s red, green or yellow.

Farooq:    That is correct. We also work with the farmer to do that. Some farmers are very tech savvy. They say, “I understand my system and the data.” We work with them to tweak the system so that they get alerts and recommendations.

Because of the ability to access real-time data for your crop from any device, we give the consumer the power to make adjustments more quickly, and accurately than ever before. In turn, the grower will immediately begin decreasing input costs, increasing yields, and maximizing profit. The past experience of the GroGuru team has given us a unique advantage to address this problem, and find the ultimate solution.

Did you enjoy this video? If so, leave a comment and let us know what you liked! We appreciate your feedback! We are happy to talk with you about your specific sensor needs and locations. Please contact us today to get started.

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The year 2018 was a busy one for Valley Ventures Fall 2017 Cohort Graduate GroGuru. The company raised investment funds, continued to sell product, and brought a CEO on board. All great news for a business venture that started with an innovative idea: to help farmers answer when to irrigate and how much to irrigate in order to help them increase their crop yield and quality and reduce resource costs by using high tech soil sensors that provide real-time access to field data via mobile devices.

If things go according to plan, 2019 will be even busier. Their latest AgTech breakthrough technology is an all-wireless soil monitoring system that enables permanent installs of soil sensors even for crops where current sensors have to be removed to enable operations such as harvesting and tilling.

GroGuru’s Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Farooq Anjum, shared with us some of the key things that have made this rapid success possible including several connections and events at Fresno State, and according to Anjum, the Valley Ventures Cohort has provided great benefits including direct connections to customers, a variety of speakers and representatives of the water, energy, and Ag industries.

“I came to one of the events, a Water Cluster meeting,” Anjum said “and met Bill Green from the Center for Irrigation Technology. The relationship with Green and the GroGuru team helped set grounds for creation of soil sensors that are more cost efficient that ever before.”

Attendees at events sponsored by the Water, Energy, and Technology (WET) Center and Valley Ventures has allowed Anjum the opportunity to add to the number of people that have seen GroGuru’s technology so far.

“Thanks to all of the support from Valley Ventures, Fresno State and CIT.” Anjum said. “It was just me out there until about six months back, trying to interest investors and sign up customers and I appreciate all the help that I received from all of you.

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