Virginia Tech PhD Student Travis Roberson is conducting important research on using in-ground sensors, drones and light reflectance to conserve water.
Residential outdoor water use in the United States accounts for nearly 9 billion gallons of water each day, mainly for landscape irrigation. As much as half of this water is wasted due to evaporation, wind, or runoff, often caused by improper irrigation system design, installation, maintenance, or scheduling.
Golf courses in Western states face immediate challenges with escalating water costs, pinched water budgets and water quality concerns.
Chris Reverie, from Allentown Municipal in Pennsylvania, discusses some of the struggles faced by municipal golf courses. He shares how Spiio has helped the course lower its expenses while improving the playability of their busy course—and how easy it was to get started.
Matt Morton, superintendent at El Niguel Country Club, shares the value of data in validating and communicating turfgrass decisions. Spiio’s sensor measures soil temperature, moisture, light, and salinity, offering that data in one timely and user-friendly app.
Superintendent Adam Hoffman from Sunset Hills Country Club discusses how he uses Spiio’s Google Sheets integration for data-driven reporting, allowing him to back up his agronomic decisions with data.
Andy Eick, superintendent of Mohawk Golf Club, discusses the benefit of using Spiio sensors. By measuring soil temperatures more accurately, he can dial in his chemical application timing and fine-tune his turf disease response.
GLK Turf Solutions combines industry expertise and entrepreneurship to serve other turf professionals in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Their partnership with Spiio has presented another opportunity for them to bring sound agronomy to their customers by solving the constant problems of water quantity and water quality.