The Green Go portable turf care unit is an all-in-one solution for acquiring vital turf data from the microclimate of the pitch, golf course or turf farm it is being used on. Traditional weather stations typically use a fixed point that provides general information on the wider climate surrounding the turf, but the Green Go unit is operated at turf level to collect precise data regarding evapotranspiration rates, salinity, light readings, wind speed and more.
All of this information can be recorded in the Green Go software and analysed using your own data values or those recommended by Green Go. Coloured visual cues show users if readings are above, below or in line with their data values, and automatically generated graphs show how parameter readings change over time at a glance. The Green Go software is designed to be a constant monitoring tool as well as an analytical one. During challenging weather conditions, email alerts can be set up to tell users when their measurements have gone above or below their desired level so that they can take action.
The unit is powered by a 12V 10W solar panel and sealed 12V 7.2 Ah lead acid rechargeable battery, so it can be left to record data for a prolonged time with no danger of losing power.
Portability is an integral factor of the unit, which is designed to be easily moved to any area of a pitch, course or site so users can target specific issues using the station's probe and light sensor. The probe measures soil parameters such as the temperature, volumetric water content, and available water content as well as the evapotranspiration rate of the canopy. This information is crucial to understanding the best time to irrigate, how long to irrigate for and prevents over or under-watering. Having this information also allows users to anticipate disease outbreaks based on a combination of forecast weather and current soil conditions.
Planning and monitoring the soil and canopy environments is also done using the light sensor, which measures solar radiation, photosynthetically active light and daily light integral. Having these turf level readings allows users to fully assess how specific areas are being affected by direct sunlight or prolonged shade. The light probe can also be used to calibrate the position of lighting rigs by measuring the light levels in between rigs to ensure no area of the surface is receiving lower light exposure.