When it comes to real-time soil moisture monitoring, nobody has been doing it longer — or with more precision — than Hortau. For more than a decade, Hortau has been an industry leader in precision soil moisture monitoring, developing one of the first web-based irrigation management systems on the market and helping growers take the guesswork out of irrigation management.
Hortau’s wireless irrigation field technology, combined with its simple, cloud-based software, securely reports to owners and ranch managers how crops are faring in real time.
The patented soil tension sensors allow growers to detect plant stress, which is the driving factor in crop yield and quality before the damage is done. This proven technology greatly increases a grower’s water-use efficiency and cuts down on fertilizer leaching, thus improving the bottom line.
And the company continues to evolve and share its 16 years of research with growers. Founded in 2002 by two agriculturally minded entrepreneurs, Dr. Jean Caron, an agronomist with a Ph.D in Soil Physics, and Jocelyn Boudreau, an agricultural engineer with a M.Sc. in Soil Physics, Hortau holds regular irrigation management seminars to ensure growers are getting the most out of their crops and water resources.