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Never guess. Know exactly when to irrigate with FloraPulse

Can better irrigation make you $70,000 a year?

Based on technology from Cornell University, the FloraPulse system provides the most accurate measurement of tree water status. We give you science-based advice to optimize irrigation and increase profits.

Well irrigated trees produce more crop, but irrigating incorrectly will cost you money:

Irrigate too little—trees become weak, sick and produce less. They may topple over and become infested.
Irrigate too much—damages the tree roots from lack of oxygen, increases mold risk, decreases lifespan.

Only the tree can tell you when it needs water–with FloraPulse, you can ask it directly!

Benefits of FloraPulse

  • Make an extra $70,000 per 100 acres.
  • Increase crop yield by 15%
  • Increase crop quality
  • Decrease the risk of crop loss by keeping trees unstressed
  • Increase tree health
  • Save 40% water

Grower tested and approved

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"The data we received from the FloraPulse sensors in prune fits the pressure chamber measurements and has proven very useful. Having daily water potential measurements has allowed us to decrease water use by 45%, to save on water pumping costs, drying costs and increase our fruit size and dry weight yields." 

Andres Olivos, Olivos Riego

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"We were extremely happy with the FloraPulse system we tested in our prune orchard this year. We found that the FloraPulse readings correlated very well with our pressure bomb readings. Throughout the season, we found that we could trust the FloraPulse system and eliminate the need for the time intensive pressure bomb measurements. One benefit that I hadn't considered is the real-time nature of FloraPulse. Not only could we see the stress at one point in the day, but we could see the whole cycle of stress the tree experienced throughout the day, every day.

I hope to expand our use of FloraPulse to other orchards to get better, more real-time data on tree stress and to reduce the labor required for our old method of pressure bomb readings."

Michael Vasey, Lindauer River Ranch

How it works

The FloraPulse system involves a microchip tensiometer that is embedded inside the tree woody tissue and directly measures the water status, known as water potential. Because the measurement is taken directly inside the water-carrying tissue, readings are very accurate and reliable. No other sensor can provide real-time, 24/7 accurate water potential measurement.
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FloraPulse subscription. Includes sensor probe, installation kit, cellular data, and visualization. Setup takes 20 minutes.

All-inclusive subscription: hassle-free irrigation advice

A yearly fee covers everything needed to get realtime stem water potential data: probes, cellular-powered dataloggers, cellular data, visualization, warranty and probe replacements. This is the easiest way to try FloraPulse—get a box in the mail, install it and see the data in 30 minutes. And if something breaks –we’ll fix it.
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Weekly reports

Receive weekly reports on your crop’s water-stress history, color-coded by stress level. Use clear, detailed data to adjust your irrigation and get that perfect vintage, that perfect yield. Every year.

Why FloraPulse is way better than other methods

Pressure chamber
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Researchers recommend pressure chamber readings to determine irrigation, but the logistics of this instrument are painful. It's no fun going to the field, middle of the day, to take measurements during the hottest time, then tabulating and interpreting them. You would love to get direct water potential data every day, but it’s just too difficult and expensive with the pressure chamber.
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Soil moisture
Soil moisture sensors only tell you half the story—they only measure the water content in a small volume of soil. You are making critical decisions based off incomplete data. The soil may appear wet when the tree is thirsty, or the soil may appear dry when the tree is waterlogged. You need to ask the tree directly.
Evapotranspiration
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Evapotranspiration (ET) tells you how much water the trees have used, approximately, based on assumptions of leaf cover and measurements taken on a grass field. Even with accurate ET data, common unknowns can completely throw off your results: underground water sources, accumulated water from winter precipitation, incorrect assumptions in your crop coefficient. Unfortunately, guidelines for ET were developed 40 years ago with completely different irrigation systems and methods. ET, although a useful measure, cannot tell you when to irrigate.
FloraPulse
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The FloraPulse microtensiometer gives you direct measurements of tree water potential, every-single-day. Easily keep your trees at the recommended water-stress level and tune your irrigation to get the highest yields, consistently year-after-year. Never again guess about your irrigation. FloraPulse is an investment that will pay for itself many times over.

Validated in many crops

  • Almond
  • Grape
  • Pistachio
  • Orange
  • Prune
  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Peach
  • Apricot
  • Plums
  • Cherry
  • Olive
  • Mango
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Scientist approved

“Other companies use different approaches to monitor plant water stress, but FloraPulse technology gives the most accurate picture”

- Professor Ken Shackel, irrigation expert, University of California, Davis

Started by Cornell University Scientists

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CEO:
Michael Santiago
Mechanical Engineering PhD


Science advisor:
Abraham Stroock
Professor of Chemical Engineering & Director of Digital Agriculture


Grower advisor:
Alan Lakso
Professor Emeritus of Plant Science
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