Farm Progress

GROWERS offers an On-the-Go Organic Mapping Sensor that collects hundreds of organic matter readings per acre and uses GPS to geo-locate each data point.

October 21, 2015

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<p>GROWERS founder and CEO Steven Valencsin with friend Reece says his company provides completely independent, full-service solution for farmers looking for ways to maximize every inch of their land, from soil fertility to input optimization and business profitability.</p> <p> </p>

GROWERS, a precision farm management business based in Raleigh, N.C., offers the On-the-Go Organic Mapping Sensor, a specialized piece of equipment that collects hundreds of organic matter readings per acre and uses GPS to geo-locate each data point.

Steven Valencsin, the founder and CEO of Growers, said the OM sensor is among the new technologies the company markets to farmers to better manage their operations with precision agriculture and data-driven farming. He said the organic mapping sensor is valuable to farmers since organic matter is directly related to a soil’s yield capacity.

“We provide a completely independent, full-service solution for farmers looking for ways to maximize every inch of their land, from soil fertility to input optimization and business profitability,” said Valencsin, an agronomist and second-generation farmer. “Farming is more than a livelihood—it’s a way of life, and these new technologies will help our customers secure their farms’ legacies for future generations."

John McLean, a Lumberton, N.C. farmer, said as a result of  using precision agriculture tools such as the OM Sensor, his corn yield average has increased 65 percent over last year. “The GROWERS team used its equipment and technology to create a customized prescription to help us improve productivity and minimize unnecessary costs. Now we no longer waste money on fertilizer we don’t need. It has completely changed the way we do business," McLean said.

GROWERS is also using a new device called a Passive Uplink Connection to wirelessly connect to customers’ machinery and view in real-time all of their operational data. The PUC is equipped with a GPS receiver to precisely and reliably geo-locate farm data, including everything from fuel usage to harvested yield.

“This technology is a game changer because it enables us to remotely monitor our customers’ equipment and ensure that everything is operating as it should and that data is being recorded correctly,”  Valencsin said. “This device is a great fit for those who are new to the technology and want to know that things are working properly.” 

Founded by Valencsin, GROWERS recently relocated its headquarters from Greensboro to Raleigh. The company has experienced significant growth since its inception in 2011 and now manages more than 80,000 acres of farmland. 

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