Dramm and KETOS Partner to Provide Growers with Real-Time Groundwater Quality Monitoring
Water intelligence innovator KETOS, Inc. and agriculture irrigation solutions company Dramm Corporation announced a strategic partnership to benefit growers across the United States and Canada.
Dramm will use KETOS water monitoring solutions to provide growers with water data to help enhance crop yield, quality, and taste. KETOS empowers farmers with intelligence on crop tolerance by delivering valuable insights on water quality fluctuations in deficiency and toxicity.
“With agriculture’s reliance on groundwater steadily rising, water quality and food safety must go hand-in-hand. Food quality and food safety need to start at the source – the water used to grow the crops,” says KETOS CEO Meena Sankaran. “By partnering with Dramm to provide growers an easy way to actively monitor and measure possible water pollutants in real-time, KETOS is helping accelerate data-driven farming by providing actionable insights that can enhance crop yield.”
Dramm will use the KETOS Shield solution to proactively test and monitor for potential contaminants and verify the quality and safety of the irrigation water supply for its customers.
KETOS provides continuous, lab-precision testing data and serves as an advance warning system for growers if heavy-metal compounds or contaminants are present – including arsenic, boron, nitrates, and other elements that could diminish crop yield or pose a food security threat.
Kurt Becker, executive vice president, Dramm Corporation says, “KETOS is the only one-stop-shop solution that we’ve found capable of monitoring several water quality parameters like boron, arsenic, nitrates, and manganese all at once and with the sensitivity that our clients need. The solution is completely contained within a single system and doesn’t need our staff to get involved for maintenance. We find the data-as-a-service model that KETOS provides helps clients with technologically advanced solutions and allows us to focus on the growers and the added value we can bring them.”
During upcoming trials, Dramm will work with various facilities to identify customer needs and showcase the impact that real-time water quality data can have on crops.