TORO IN THE NEWS
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Toro® PrecisionSense™ Named Best New Golf Product
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (December 20, 2011) - The Toro® PrecisionSense™ site assessment service, which utilizes innovative mobile soil sensing and data collection technology, won the 2011 “New Product Contest” in the golf category at the recent Irrigation Association Show. This solution provides golf course superintendents with geographic information system maps (GIS) of the variability in soil moisture, salinity, compaction and turf health to more efficiently manage water and other resources. This new product was featured at the show held November 6-8 in San Diego. “Toro's PrecisionSense system arms superintendents with information on course conditions that few had before,” said Van Cline, Ph.D., chief agronomist in Toro's Center for Advanced Turf Technology. The detailed site data can be used to analyze the performance of their irrigation system and to tailor watering practices to specific management zones allowing them to reduce water and electricity use, and produce the healthiest and most uniform turf.”
The patented system collects data such as soil moisture volumetric water content (VWC), salinity, compaction, turf vigor Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), and topography. Data is stored in an onboard computer during the collection process and relayed to Toro for creation of GIS-referenced map images. Turf managers can then receive two types of reports - 1) a Precision Irrigation Audit, and/or 2) Precision Irrigation Management Zones.
The data collected by the Toro PrecisionSense unit is far more detailed and is collected in a more time- and cost-efficient manner than data gathered through manual irrigation audits. Most importantly, it helps identify what happens to irrigation water after application to the soil. PrecisionSense provides the necessary information to create a closed loop system of precise irrigation scheduling, water application, and real-time soil conditions to verify the highest level of precision resource management.
Precision Irrigation Management Zones identify soil variability for measuring irrigation effectiveness and these maps also provide soil conditions for accurately locating in-ground soil moisture sensors, such as Toro's Turf Guard® wireless soil monitoring system, which can be integrated with the Toro® Lynx® central control system.
About The Toro Company
The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) is a leading worldwide provider of turf and landscape maintenance equipment, and precision irrigation systems. With sales of nearly $1.9 billion in fiscal 2011, Toro's global presence extends to more than 90 countries through its reputation of world-class service, innovation and turf expertise. Since 1914, the company has built a tradition of excellence around a number of strong brands to help customers care for golf courses, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties, and agricultural fields. More information is available at www.toro.com.