The University of Nevada, Reno’s Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition winner, Irrigo, is the recipient of $50,000, which will help further develop water efficiency services for flood irrigated agriculture. Using flood gate automation, field surveys and water and soil sensors all connected to the cloud, Irrigo is developing a more efficient way to irrigate agricultural fields.
“Water is a precious resource,” Irrigo Team Leader Brian Blair said. “Irrigo’s intent is to save 20 percent of the water currently used through irrigation in the Western United States. Irrigo will provide efficiencies to the farmer as a leased service, through which the farmer can realize immediate savings in labor and increased crop yield through greater acreage under irrigation.”
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