Since 2002, Hortau has worked closely with hundreds of growers and installed thousands of systems.  Over that time, we’ve learned what it takes to make irrigation decisions simple in the field.

Irrigation Management

Hortau’s Irrigation Management Service is based on soil tension. By monitoring soil tension in a field, we are given valuable insight into whether or not a plant can use the water present in the soil.
Hortau’s system provides real-time sensor data with an easy-to-use mobile platform, allowing growers to anticipate the water needs of the crop and manage irrigation accordingly. This ensures that photosynthesis and transpiration happen at maximum levels from sun up to sun down resulting in maximum yields and a higher quality harvest.


Irrigation Advising & Scheduling *

Irrigation Management Advisors provide weekly schedules based on a customer’s unique field conditions and goals. Our advisors are bilingual, and CCA and CAIS certified, communicating to irrigators how to optimize an irrigation set based on the needs of a crop.

Each week, the soil tension data will be reviewed and schedules will be set. Our team works continually with the grower to make adjustments for cultural practices and prioritizing irrigation sets based on upcoming crop water demand.


Weather Monitoring

Hortau’s weather monitoring service covers your entire operation and allows for alerts by phone, text or email, reporting real-time data for the following and more:

  • Wind speed
  • Wind direction
  • Rainfall intensity
  • Cumulative rainfall
  • Temperature
  • Relative humidity
  • Barometric pressure
  • Solar radiation
  • Evapotranspiration
  • Degree-days
  • Chilling hours
  • Chill portions

 * For qualified Central Valley growers, Hortau offers a scheduling service that covers your entire operation and gives growers a boots-on-the-ground Irrigation Management Advisor who will evaluate each irrigation set and install soil tension monitoring stations in a representative area taking into account crop variety, soil type, and topography.