AI technology ensuring crops are truly world-class

7 April 20

The Yield’s Sensing+ solution is providing Puro with real-time data that Puro is using to determine the optimum time to plant, irrigate, feed, protect and harvest its crop.

Medical cannabis is a relatively new industry and the Puro team is still learning about the optimal growing and weather conditions for their crops. The Yield software enables Puro to proactively manage their farming decisions based on data and analytics so they can get the best out of their two growing sites.

The Yield’s Sensing+ solution provides Puro with real-time data on growing conditions, of how much sun or water the plants need, based on the specific microclimate at their farm at Kekerengu. The data enables Puro to determine when is the optimum time to plant, irrigate, feed, protect and harvest its crop.

Tom Forrest, Puro Cultivation Director and Co-founder, who has visited over 50 commercial growing operations around the world, says the ‘best operators are driven by data’.

“Puro is using this technology to generate novel analytic information and automatically adjust growing conditions so the plants get exactly what they need to thrive. It completely takes the guess work out of growing.”

“The Yield is allowing us to accurately predict next season’s irrigation requirements and balance it with natural rainfall. We are able to schedule our watering holding capacity and frequency, to be as efficient and green as possible.”

At Kekerengu, Puro has a strong focus on regenerative agriculture. They maintain soil health using natural amendments such as covering crops, locally developed mulch and biological soil inputs.

“The Yield allows us to monitor soil health and water retention, and accurately track our long term improvements to the soil.”

A valuable function of Sensing+ is using AI to precisely predict the weather, 14 days in advance, enabling informed crop management.

“We can set alarms for specific sets of conditions, for example, weather that is conducive to a certain pest or disease, so that our team can act before the problem arises.

“If there is a critical weather condition approaching, we are better prepared than farmers have ever been before!”

Tom Forrest says using Sensing+ will help Puro achieve its goal to produce world-leading quality medicinal cannabis and hemp.

“Ultimately, The Yield is taking away a lot of the risk and helping us cultivate higher quality crops for the growing global medical cannabis market,” says Tom.

“The data and analytics from Sensing+ will enable us to perfect the playbook to deliver some of the world’s best medical cannabis.”

Tom Forrest says Puro has learned a tremendous amount since planting its pilot crop in December, and this will help ensure the crops they plant this spring will be truly world-class.