The new CleanGrow multi-ion meter is now available in Australia. The unit features the first-ever combination of a carbon nanotube-sensor with a multiple-ion meter. It’s a hand-held style, which most growers are familiar with, but instead of relying solely on pH or EC measurements to determine nutrient levels, the meter can measure up to six ions simultaneously from a total of 18 different nutrients.
There is a six-ion meter that measures Calcium, Chloride, Potassium, Sodium, Ammonium and Nitrogen; the four-ion probe can be any combination of these six ions. CleanGrow comes in a package that includes the meter, PC software that allows you to manage the sensor and extract saved data to upload into an Excel file, and access to a website where you can store data and look at historical trends, including high and low values.
The CleanGrow system was first unveiled at Horti Fair in 2010, when the sensor was nominated for the Innovation Award—the only non-Dutch company to earn a nomination. The Irish developers, Ciaran Long and Roy O’Mahony, say the unit saves time and money.
“Growers can’t afford to send samples to labs constantly and even if they do, it takes a period of time to get that information back,” Ciaran explained. “It’s time and money, so people really want to be able to find out what’s going on with their nutrients constantly. Really, they’re limited to just measuring EC at the moment, which is kind of a crude representation of what’s going on with each nutrient. So we’re just giving them real-time access to some very powerful information that they can use to increase yield of their crops.”
The reality is if a grower makes one serious mistake with nutrient management, it’s going to cost thousands of dollars. So if this device can prevent one of those, it will have paid for itself.
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