Toro Invests In Drones

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The Toro Co. recently announced a minority investment in a Boston-based drone technology company GreenSight Agronomics, a firm that seeks to use military drone technology, remote sensors and proprietary analytics to measure turf and crop health. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

“GreenSight is redefining precision agriculture by packaging automated drones, custom sensors and machine learning into a turn-key service. We are excited to partner with The Toro Co. to deliver customers the ultimate in irrigation management technology for golf courses and beyond,” James Peverill, CEO of GreenSight Agronomics says.

GreenSight Agronomics is a leader in turfgrass remote sensing and analysis. The company’s patent-pending system, which combines automated drones and sensors, provides thermal mapping and detection analytics to help golf course professionals improve turf health with less labor. The technology enables customers to identify issues before they become visible, and achieve better outcomes with less water, fertilizer and pesticide use.

Philip Burkart, vice president of The Toro Co.’s Irrigation and Lighting Businesses, adds, “We are intrigued and see great potential to align with GreenSight Agronomics to apply their technologies and analytics with our water management expertise to further provide our customers with the best solutions. We look forward to working with the GreenSight team on ways to integrate their technologies into our Lynx Central Control system, with the intent of expanding the capabilities and access to timely course information so customers can address problems quickly and more precisely.”