AquaSpy Blog

Our blog articles bring information and commentary related to agriculture in the US as well as worldwide, as well as the impact of progressive agriculture technology (agtech) on the world food supply.

  • Why Evapotranspiration Affects Crop YieldWhy Evapotranspiration Affects Crop Yield
    April 1, 2021
    The evapotranspiration process is composed of two separate processes: transpiration (T) and evaporation (E). Often the term “ET” is used interchangeably with crop water

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  • Growing Industrial Hemp-Risks and RewardsGrowing Industrial Hemp-Risks and Rewards
    November 29, 2020
    In 2013, Colorado became the first state in the US to legalize industrial hemp. The 2014 Farm Bill granted US farmers the right to cultivate hemp in states where production is legal and established hemp pilot research programs nationwide. Industrial hemp is grown for food, feed, fuel, building materials, and more. Traditional hemp, grown for

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  • Why Vertical Crop Monitoring is Essential to Regenerative AgricultureWhy Vertical Crop Monitoring is Essential to Regenerative Agriculture
    October 28, 2020
    A farmer’s day may be different every day during the growing season but the one constant is that each day is dedicated to doing what needs to be done for a healthy crop. Today’s growers also know that they are the custodians of the soil they farm. Our planet’s population depends on their willingness and

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  • Progressive Farmer: Probing The Depths (PDF)
    January 31, 2019
    South Carolina Farmer uses AgSpy system to manage irrigation on his 1,000 acre

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  • The Next Evolution in How Farmers Grow CropsThe Next Evolution in How Farmers Grow Crops
    July 25, 2017
    I’ve never heard of a farmer that isn’t constantly busy, juggling all sorts of variables such as: the weather; soil moisture levels and nutrient content; plant health; or pests, all to optimize yield and maximize profit. But do any of them understand the dynamics of each of the layers that the roots occupy? AquaSpy® shows

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  • Cost-Saving Irrigation Measures Growing in Popularity on Nebraska FarmsCost-Saving Irrigation Measures Growing in Popularity on Nebraska Farms
    July 12, 2017
    Farmers across the state aren’t getting much of a post-planting reprieve, as temperatures continue to heat up and rainfall continues to stay away lately across most of the Cornhusker state. As such, irrigation motors are firing up rapidly as producers fret about their emerging crops amidst the hot, dry conditions. Peer pressure is most certainly

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  • How AquaSpy Goes Beyond, While Others Barely Scratch the SurfaceHow AquaSpy Goes Beyond, While Others Barely Scratch the Surface
    May 26, 2017
    How We Scientifically Improve Yield by The Process Control of Matching Root Demand to Soil Supply AquaSpy allows the grower to use data to make input decisions every minute of every day to absolutely control the human part of the equation (nurture). Every crop, and every demand it has, is distinct every year; therefore, AquaSpy

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  • When It Comes to Improving Soil Health on Your Farm, Set Your Sights on the Long-Term GoalsWhen It Comes to Improving Soil Health on Your Farm, Set Your Sights on the Long-Term Goals
    March 15, 2017
    Article from: Article Posted on Oklahomafarmreport.com At the recent annual meeting of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, North Carolina farmer and soil health expert, Russell Hedrick, shared with local producers the strategies he has implemented on his operation using cover crops to improve the health of his soil – and how to make money

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  • It’s a Relative World After AllIt’s a Relative World After All
    October 26, 2016
    What if our lives were bound by only relative measures? In Agriculture, most Farmers measure the vital moisture in their soil only by relative measures with soil moisture sensors or drones or even sticks thrust into the soil. AquaSpy is very unique and different in that we dissect and segregate the soil into 12 distinct

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  • AquaSpy Vector Probe Measurement AccuracyAquaSpy Vector Probe Measurement Accuracy
    August 26, 2016
    As you install an AquaSpy Soil Monitoring System you may ask yourself, how accurate does it actually measure?  The answer may surprise you:  the AquaSpy Vector probe is very accurate but that is not what actually matters. Here is why.  Soil probes pick up information from the soil using different methods.  Most probe systems are

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  • In a Case Study Conducted by Lux Research, AquaSpy-Managed Fields Generated 22% Higher YieldsIn a Case Study Conducted by Lux Research, AquaSpy-Managed Fields Generated 22% Higher Yields
    August 18, 2016
    Lux Research maintains a profile on AquaSpy. The following press release reveals additional research: The Internet of Things is Coming to Agriculture, Bringing a Mixed Bag of

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  • The Moisture Gauge for Every PivotThe Moisture Gauge for Every Pivot
    April 13, 2016
    Think of Your Entire Field as Your Gas Tank Try to imagine our vehicle centric world without some of the instruments and gauges that someone once invented and that today we take completely for granted. Without something as simple as a speedometer, we would all go as fast as we judged possible. Turn signals are

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  • Determining Volumetric Soil Moisture is a FallacyDetermining Volumetric Soil Moisture is a Fallacy
    April 11, 2016
    Volumetric Soil Moisture (VSM) requires knowledge of soil type, crop type, and water holding capacity for each layer in the soil which is not practical for typical commercial installations. However, by using an automated system that first detects rooting depth, then sensor by sensor detects Full Point (field capacity), and then derives the Refill Point, AquaSpy

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  • Revolutionary ProbeRevolutionary Probe
    April 6, 2016
    The First Multi-Sensor Probe in the World to Accurately Separate Moisture from Conductivity AquaSpy’s multi-sensor probe is a vertical 12 sensor probe which measures moisture, EC, and temperature at every 4 inches, for a total of 48”. The top sensor can be at any desired level. All of the processing intelligence is centralized in the

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  • Deep ThoughtsDeep Thoughts
    March 12, 2016
    I’m not exactly sure what Adele is rolling in but whatever it is, she is rolling in the deep. When Sarah Palin couldn’t tell Katie Couric which magazines she reads, she was thought to be out of her depth. When Mathew McCaughey went deep into Interstellar space, he was discerning the intricacies of the space

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  • It’s A Mixed Up Muddled Up Shook Up WorldIt’s A Mixed Up Muddled Up Shook Up World
    March 5, 2016
    Sometimes you do all the right things and conform to every conventional wisdom and have nothing special to show for it. You study, hire the best minds with whom to consult, buy the very best seed, with the very best pesticides and chemicals, plant at the right time with the right spacing, diligently fight off

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  • An Age Old QuestionAn Age Old Question
    February 25, 2016
    Among the eternal questions mankind has pondered along with why are we here and to what purpose and how did life itself begin, is a seemingly more “down to Earth” question of how are we similar and how are we different and why? This is of course the fascinating and endless debate about nature and

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  • Want Yield?Want Yield?
    February 20, 2016
    It’s half past sun up; do you know where your roots are??? Want Yield? Put your money where your crops’ mouths’ are. Like humans, crops have to absorb nutrients to flourish and grow. Unlike us, they must rely upon their roots to forage for liquid sustenance throughout the various depths of soil zones where they

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  • Crop Whispering, Measuring BehaviorCrop Whispering, Measuring Behavior
    January 23, 2016
    Everyone is quite familiar with and has a FICO score that is essentially a measure of past financial behavior and used as a predictor of future financial behavior in order to price risk into the credit equation. Similarly, though not as ubiquitous or well known; driving scores begin to reflect how, when and where you

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  • AquaSpy’s Moeller: Agriculture is a Vertical Business; Tracking Weather is Not EnoughAquaSpy’s Moeller: Agriculture is a Vertical Business; Tracking Weather is Not Enough
    December 14, 2015
    AquaSpy is a soil moisture sensing and data platform that was founded in 1998 in Australia. It started off manufacturing and selling soil moisture probes but now has a data platform providing growers using drip irrigation and center-pivots with data analytics and best-practice irrigation templates. The aim is to help improve yields and reduce costs

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