UK – A grass growth monitor that can be fitted to a wellington boot is to be unveiled this summer by a UK farm supplier.
The Grassometer has been designed to provide grassland farmers with easy to use, precision technology to allow accurate recording and management and help drive farm efficiencies.
The design includes ultrasound sensors which automatically measure grass height.
Created by Jerry Manock, famous for the Apple Mac, the Grassometer can be fitted to a wellie or pole and worked in conjunction with a smartphone App.
The unit’s patented four ultrasound sensors then automatically takes thousands of grass height measurements across a field as you walk and instantaneously calculates kgDM/ha. A nine point orientation sensor also enables accurate grass height measurements to be taken on both flat and sloping ground.
Mole Valley Forage Services’ Hugh Frost says the Grassometer enables farmers to get an idea of grassland performance straight away.
“There’s no need to manually enter data,” says Mr Forst. “The App automatically produces a grazing wedge which up-dates on the phone as the fields are walked.”
“The Grassometer literally puts the control into the boots of the farmer. It means they are able to record more data and make valid comparisons almost instantaneously.”
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