Frequently asked questions

Should I expect to save water using Croptide?

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% depending on the season and wine quality had increased consistently. Studies conducted on various crops around the world have indicated significant water use reductions by listening directly to plants.

Are there other benefits to improving water efficiency?

Water shortages are top of mind for many growers we talk to, but scheduling irrigation using direct plant measurement has led to improved crop quality and yield in the wine and fruit industries. Furthermore, there is evidence to suggest that by reducing excess moisture in the soil, other benefits can be realised including reduction in weeds, plant canopy growth, and humidity. This can reduce the need for trimming, mowing, weeding, and spraying.

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.