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The flexible, plug-and-play sensor configurations available with EarthScout® make it ideal for growers who want to optimize the profit potential of their high-value plants. Beyond yield, building a data history with EarthScout can help guide consistent production of what key buyers demand – whether it’s oil quality and content, CBD or THC ratings, specific flavors, aromas or terpene profiles.

Specialty plants ideally suited for EarthScout custom configurations include: hemp, medicinal cannabis, hops, mushrooms, herbs, and more.

Typical Actions & Alerts

Set alerts on your phone – reducing risk by assuring you won’t over (or under) apply costly crop inputs. Use real-time data and analytical tools to make decisions and take action, including:

Aeration Harvesting Tilling
Air Control Humidification Tissue Sampling
Cloning Irrigation Transplanting
Cultivating Lighting Transporting
Documenting Planting And more!
Fertigation Soil Testing

The following case study demonstrates how an enterprising hemp grower and his wife are embracing the EarthScout technology on their indoor and outdoor central Minnesota farm.

Case Study

Customer:  Alex & Jennie G.
Plant:  Industrial Hemp
Location:  Central Minnesota
Farm: 
  • Outdoor growing with irrigation and fertigation
  • 20,000 sq. ft indoor greenhouse with irrigation, fertigation and lighting/temperature control
Goals: 

Maximize CBD, minimize inputs, minimize THC, increase profitability and yields, build healthier soils, irrigation monitoring, weed and pest management, establish seasonal trend data, centralize grower data (photos, calendar for scheduling and tracking important dates).

When opportunity presents itself, Alex and Jennie aren’t afraid to grab hold. Now proud owners of some land and a greenhouse in Central Minnesota, they’ve expanded their investment in the business of hemp. Alex also partners in a lighting company that serves the indoor hemp and medicinal cannabis markets. Jennie focuses on the farm. They use the greenhouse for genetic development of feminized hemp seed as well as some hemp flower production. The majority of the hemp produced for CBD oil is grown outside. “We planted 32 acres of industrial hemp this year. It went pretty well for our first year trying it, so we’re looking to expand to 76 acres next year,” said Alex.

“When we were introduced to the EarthScout, Jennie and I got especially excited when we heard about the concept of multi-channel sensors that could be customized to fit different growing environments,” remarked Alex, “this goes way beyond soil probes alone!” Jennie has several EarthScout units in the hemp fields outside and is using the data to help monitor soil health development along with other growth factors. “Measuring moisture at more than one level in the soil is a great way to really dial-in our irrigation and fertigation efficiency. And measuring micro-climate temperature and humidity can help me make more timely decisions to stay ahead of emerging pests,” said Jennie.

Alex sees the opportunities with EarthScout in a different light. “We plan to use the EarthScout units in our greenhouse grow so we can build data benchmarks and also help eliminate variables that could skew results in our comparative lighting trials,” comments Alex. Having sensors that can measure the photosynthetic density is especially important to his lighting trials and also correlates data with his CO2 sensors. “A limiting factor in photosynthesis is CO2,” explains Alex, “more lights and a more complete light spectrum can only push photosynthesis so far, so we pump CO2 into the greenhouse at times to ramp up photosynthetic activity.” Alex also keeps a close eye on his oxygen sensors as the greenhouse re-sets after the CO2 infusion.

Next season, Jennie is looking forward to using a new probe that measures the soil structure or matrix on her expanded acres. “We’re just getting into hemp and we want to do it right,” said Jennie, “building our data from the ground up is a smart way to help make the most out of our investment, and owning our own data will become more valuable every year we learn and grow.”

Alex plans on adding more EarthScout sensors in the greenhouse and more carefully measuring factors like growing environment, nutrient levels and ventilation. When these can be proven consistent in comparative lighting tests, Alex will also have stronger data to demonstrate the effectiveness of his lights.

EarthScout Units Used In Case Study:

  • Greenhouse (typically 1 EarthScout unit every 400 sq. feet depending on zoning)
  • Field (1 EarthScout unit every 5 acres – depending on zoning and soil homogeneity)

EarthScout Specifications:

  • Greenhouse:
    • Sensors:
      • Soil Temperature/Moisture/Conductivity
      • Air Temperature/Humidity
      • Air CO2
      • Air O2
      • PPV
    • Power Source (120VAC plugin)
    • Communications (Cellular) – Polling Rate every 10 minutes
  • Field:
    • Sensors:
      • Soil Temperature/Moisture/Conductivity (shallow soil)
      • Soil Temperature/Moisture/Conductivity (deep soil)
      • Air Temperature/Humidity
      • Solar
    • Power Source (Solar Battery)
    • Communications (Cellular) – Polling Rate every 45 minutes