WATCH: Measure grass cover in your paddocks


TrueNorth Technologies have released the ‘Grasshopper Sensor Unit’ and a smartphone-friendly Grass Map and Measure App that will work with both IOS and Android.

A spokesperson from the Shannon-based company said that “the grasshopper produces paddock covers and a grass wedge at the end of the weekly walk and also exports the collected paddock information to any external grass-management package.”

External management programmes such as PastureBase Ireland, Agrinet, Kingswood & FarmFlo have toolsets to help you to:

  • Target paddocks at the desired pre-grazing yield,
  • Use spring and autumn rotation planners,
  • Select paddocks to remove as surplus silage,
  • Identify poorly performing paddocks and take corrective action.

“The Grasshopper is the most accurate grass-cover measurement system available on the market in Ireland today.” the spokesperson added.

Grasshopper was developed and validated over a three-year period by TrueNorth Technologies of Shannon and Teagasc at the Moorepark Grassland Research Station in Fermoy, Co. Cork.

“The Grasshopper algorithm used to calculate grass covers has been adjusted over three growing seasons during which more than 4000 cuts were taken, weighed and processed at the Moorepark laboratories”.

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