A US vertical farm recently installed KETOS SHIELD in order to monitor 30+ water quality parameters in real-time at various global operations. The farm grows various lettuces, microgreens, herbs, and edible flowers. Ultimately, the company wanted to decrease water usage and increase yield by improving nutrient management practices and making their overall water management approach more proactive.
Off-site testing: labor-intensive and costly. The vertical farming company struggled with previous nutrient management and fertigation processes which were rather labor-intensive and costly. Their daily water samples were tested for Nitrates, Orthophosphates, Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP), and Dissolved Oxygen (DO) at an off-site lab. In addition, the team used probes for pH monitoring.
Since the company sent water samples to an off-site lab, test results typically took 48 hours. Test results took even longer for some international locations, significantly impacting product quality and yield. As a result, the team was unable to make decisions in real-time and necessary changes to the nutrient management solutions were delayed, ultimately impacting product quality and yield.