Frequently asked questions

What components of plant status can the Croptide sensor measure?

Croptide is working to create a comprehensive digital record of plant status – currently the sensor can record  water status (transpiration, water potential, and response to rainfall and irrigation), but plant physiological stages and nutrient concentrations are the next focus. 

What are the benefits of using Croptide?

Croptide aims to support improvements in yield and quality outcomes and a reduction in inputs through providing a precise model of the optimal state of plants, how far plants are from that state and how to adjust inputs to reach it. A motivation for starting the Croptide journey was the dramatic water savings a wine grower in our local region had achieved through adopting a manual method (the pressure chamber) to measure plants directly. In this case, water use had dropped by 50 to 100% and wine quality had increased.

How long would a Croptide sensor last on my plants?

The sensor is designed to last 5 to 10 years on a plant stem. Although testing is still underway, the small size, zero cables and method of connection to the plant mean it is intended to last through all orchard/vineyard operations including machine harvesting of grapes.

How many sensors do I need per hectare / acre?

This is still a work in progress and something that we are working on with our early partners. It is expected that the optimal number of sensors to use will vary based on the crop (planting density, high value/premium vs commodity), the variability of soil within the property, as well as irrigation set up and scheduling.

Where can I buy it?

The technology is currently at trial stage and being offered to a limited group of partners. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in what we do. Feel free to get in touch so we can keep you updated.

Can I invest in Croptide?

We are currently a private company. Investors include Icehouse Ventures, K1W1 and Masfen Group in New Zealand.