With efficient use of water and other resources becoming of greater importance among turf, landscape and agricultural markets around the world, new technologies are helping customers conserve resources and improve growing conditions. In recognizing the most innovative Minnesota businesses and organizations for technological breakthroughs, the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) recently named The Toro Company as recipient of the 2013 Tekne Award for Agricultural Technology.
Toro's PrecisionSense site assessment solution helps measure soil moisture, salinity, compaction and other site attributes (Photo: The Toro Company)
Toro’s PrecisionSense™ site assessment system received top honors in the agricultural technology category that focuses on improving productivity, efficiency and environmental sustainability. Used by golf courses and sports fields, this state-of-the-art solution utilizes innovative mobile soil sensing and data collection technology to measure the variability of key site attributes – including soil moisture, salinity, compaction and plant performance – to help improve water and resource efficiency, and produce healthy, more uniform turf.
“With a constant focus on innovation and delivering value to customers, we are honored to receive this great recognition,” said Dana Lonn, managing director of Toro’s Center for Advanced Turf Technology. “It speaks to the hard work of all employees in our continuous effort to develop solutions that conserve resources, improve productivity, and meet performance expectations.”
The 14 th annual Tekne Awards took place on Nov. 6 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, and recognized 16 small and large companies. Award categories spanned the manufacturing, agricultural, electronics and healthcare industries. The program also honored innovations in education, mobile devices and applications, and safety and security.“The diversity of these 16 recipients is a testament to the innovation that’s taking place in Minnesota, across several industries and all sizes of business,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and chief executive officer of MHTA. “New technology can improve how we live and do business, but it also contributes to a better, stronger Minnesota. As we continue to advocate for those things that will help spur technology growth in our state, including stronger STEM education and better business incentives, these recipients are a proud reminder of the amazing things happening here.”