Listening to the root Transforming the way we farm
State Of The Art Irrigation Systems
High End Project Designs
Optimized Productivity, Maximized Profitability
What is “Rootstalk”?
A plant can tell us when it is thirsty or lacks nutrients. Growers know their crops and they “communicate” with their plants by looking, touching and measuring them. But while leaves and stems tell us what is the plant’s current condition and may indicate how it ended up this way, the roots can tell us something even more important: the story of the plant’s near future. If the roots are maintained in optimal conditions, then the plant will be healthy and vital. But if the roots are in suboptimal conditions, then the plant will not reach its full genetic potential.
Maintaining the roots in optimal condition is a task that was nearly impossible until recently, since it required the grower to understand the condition of the roots in real time, and all the time. But now, with RootsTalk Advanced Irrigation Solutions, communicating with the roots has become possible, and plants and growers can finally benefit from optimizing plant growth, and thereby maximizing its productivity and their profitability.
Maximizing a plant's growth is not easy, but it is the daily challenge of the grower.
Plant growth depends on many factors, with feeding being the most crucial one. Feeding is mostly comprised of the answers to a few/some/several basic questions: when and how much to irrigate and fertigate, and what fertilizers to apply. To answer these questions, farmers make decisions based on experience, recommendations, statistics, and field data. Nevertheless, growers know a large portion of the feeding solution given to the plants is actually wasted and does not end up in the plants' tissues.
RootsTalk meets the challenge of really knowing what the plant needs by allowing the roots to answer these basic questions autonomously - by “listening” to the plants' real needs - in real time. RootsTalk is the US distribution arm of “AutoAgronom Israel”, a drip irrigation control technology which has helped growers all around the world to optimize their growth and maximize their profits. We are dedicated to our clients' success and to protecting the environment, a fact which has entitled us with the prestigious “CleanTechOpen” award, as well as other awards.
From design to installation to ongoing management, RootsTalk offers various irrigation services in order to tailor the best solution for each grower’s needs
Drip Irrigation Turn Key Project
We will design and install a high end irrigation system tailored for your farm. Best quality for an attractive price?
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Drip Irrigation Turn Key Project
Although growers can install their own irrigation system based on RootsTalk's requirements, since in most cases special drip tape must be imported, many clients prefer having a Turnkey Project Solution, under which (that) RootsTalk will design, procure, install a high quality drip irrigation system for the project, and operate it on an on-going basis. This option allows the RootsTalk design to be implemented properly and efficiently, and with a minimal maintenance.
Let us manage your irrigation and we will guarantee to improve your irrigation’s efficiency - and your productivity.
RootsTalk offers irrigation management services via Internet connectivity and routine site visits. Our agronomists will monitor your plants, and will make sure that they receive the best treatment that RootsTalk and our irrigation system can provide. Prefer a DIY approach? No problem! RootsTalk will provide training to you and your staff so that your team can exploit the RootsTalk solution to its fullest.
Nothing is better than personal experience, and we invite you to try out RootsTalk by means of a Pilot Project on one of your own growing areas.
For a limited time only, RootsTalk is offering to perform pilot projects at private ranches. Now you can compare the RootsTalk system with your usual growing methods, and make your decisions based on data from your own crops!
How to request a Pilot Project?
- Download our “Pilot Request Form”, fill it in and send the form to our contact email.
- If RootsTalk's basic requirements are met, we will call you to gather some additional information.
- Your farm will then be checked. If qualified, you will be offered a small scale, one crop cycle (recommended less than 1 acre).
- The pilot is provided FREE OF CHARGE, but you may cover the cost of certain modification and some basic equipment must be installed at your site to perform the pilot. Cost may range from $1,000 to $10,000.
- At the end of the pilot we will analyze the results. If the operation didn’t show a potential saving of at least $100,000 per year, the pilot will be terminated. If the pilot does show such savings, you agree in advance to purchase or lease the system.
Contact us now to see if you qualify for a pilot.
*Roots-talk reserves the right to reject any pilot request or terminate the pilot offering at any given moment. Pilots are limited by inventory and geography.
While capital may sometimes be limited, the desire to improve should not be. This is why RootsTalk is doing its best to help customers adopt new technologies.
RootsTalk offers various financial options that will match your financial needs:
- “Leasing”: Annual leasing fee, no ownership. This option allows reduced capital expenses and a quicker ROI.
- Tax credits: RootsTalk helps its clients claim tax credits based on their innovative approach to precision farming (not applicable during the Pilot phase).
- If for some reason you weren't fully satisfied with the RootsTalk product, you can return it and get your annual fee back.
Our clients' ROIs have ranged from 0 months to 2 years. Now is the time for you to advance your competitive edge!
Evapotranspiration (ET), soil moisture and solar radiation accumulation are three out of a small group of irrigation scheduling methods. None of these methods takes Oxygen Availability into consideration. We do.
Every grower knows and understands the importance of Oxygen to its plants. Like most living organisms, plants require oxygen for energy generation, which in plants means creating sugars. Plants can only uptake oxygen from the roots, and only in the form of dissolved oxygen in water. The amount of oxygen available for the roots depends on the amount of water around the root zone: when the roots are too dry, there is not enough water, hence not enough dissolved oxygen available for the plant; when they are too wet, there will not be enough air pockets in the soil, which in turn will lead to low dissolved oxygen availability. The main mission of RootsTalk is to find the most oxygen-saturated environment for the roots, and to maintain it throughout the growing period. High Oxygen Availability translates into more efficient, faster plant activity, which means improved growth using reduced inputs.
RootsTalk is the exclusive distributor of AutoAgronom patented technologies in the US, which include Oxygen Availability and Autonomous Plant Based Irrigation.
Our irrigation system is based on delivering micro volumes of water via specially designed pulse irrigation system, controlled by calculating the Oxygen Availability to the roots. The RootsTalk methods of “communicating” with plants are protected by two global patents. The combination of the two patents creates a method which can sustain semi-hydroponic conditions in any soil, as well as optimized hydroponic conditions in soil-less mediums.
Hardware & Software
The RootsTalk irrigation controller is made up of a three main components: a control unit, customized software, and probes.
Hardware & Software
Our equipment is made in-house at AutoAgronom in Israel. While probes may differ from project to project, they will always include at least the basic measurements of EC, pH, temperature, and a special soil-water tension probe designed to support the oxygen calculation. Our control unit uses a very low voltage (24V), and is water proof and heat resistant. The software includes custom calculations that convert conventional parameters into Oxygen Availability. RootsTalk also offers a simplified platform allowing growers and administrators to monitor the roots' condition at any given moment or historically.
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