Hortau specializes in wireless and web-based irrigation management. Hortau integrates proprietary soil sensing innovations with the latest information technologies to deliver the most advanced irrigation management solutions on the market. Hortau was founded in 2002, by Dr. Jean Caron, Agronomist, Ph.D in Soil Physics and Jocelyn Boudreau, agricultural engineer, M.Sc. in Soil Physics. Our expertise is in Agronomy, Soil Physics and Agricultural Engineering. Improving crop production is our focus. We use the latest technologies to simplify irrigation decisions. This enables growers to maximize their crop and efficiently use water, energy, fertilizer and pesticides. Today’s mobile internet platforms such as the iPhone or Blackberry allow for remote real-time system feedback and activation. Whether used for frost alarms or activating a complete irrigation system, Hortau uses the latest technologies to optimize crop production.

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966 Chemin Olivier, Suite 450 , Lévis, , Qc G7A 2N1 Canada

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Agriculture - Agriculture Monitoring and Testing
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Internationally (various countries)

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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.


Using soil tension to determine the precise amount of water to be applied, Hortau’s proprietary system has helped growers of countless crop types improve plant health, boost yields and cut irrigation costs.Ipad 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. Hortau CEO Jocelyn BoudreauAnd the company continues to evolve and share its 12 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. With U.S. operations based in San Luis Obispo, Calif., Hortau has offices, representatives and technicians throughout North America.