Growers looking to increase their water management capabilities and know more about how and when to water their crops will soon have a more efficient and cost-saving solution to consider. Reinke Manufacturing Company, Inc., a leading manufacturer of mechanized irrigation systems, will soon introduce ReinSense, a new soil moisture monitoring product in partnership with IRROMETER Company, Inc. and iDUS Controls, LTD.
ReinSense is an in-field sensing device designed to monitor and collect underground soil moisture data through a smart radio network. Solar-powered nodes work to collect the site-specific data that is then is transferred and housed on a server, supplying the grower with real-time access to their soil moisture data through registered online or text alerts.
Reinke estimates a grower savings of up to 90-percent on subscription fees with the use of ReinSense. Typical to soil moisture monitoring products are cellular modems at each site, with separate subscription fees per site. The use of a smart radio network with ReinSense versus a cellular modem will allow growers to monitor up to 12 different soil moisture sites for only one subscription fee.