U.S: Toro irrigation a hit

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The Toro Company, with its irrigation business based in California, is helping the state’s golf courses meet the mandated 25 percent statewide reduction in water use.

Monterey, California’s Poppy Hills Golf Course, owned and operated by the Northern California Golf Association, completely renovated and upgraded its irrigation system last year to include Toro’s Lynx software (pictured), Turf Guard sensors and sprinklers.

Matt Muhlenbruch, Poppy Hills superintendent, says Toro products helped the course achieve water savings goals and improve course conditions overall. “We are well positioned to help the state achieve 25 percent water savings going forward,” he says.

The company has a long history of helping golf courses and superintendents manage their water use and says most use state-of-the-art computerized irrigation control systems that include weather stations, ET (Evapotranspiration) information and a growing number are using soil moisture sensors.

Products like Toro’s Lynx Central Control Software help superintendents apply water to their course with precision. Some Toro systems even allow courses to control irrigation watering times down to the second, so that not a drop is permitted to run unnecessarily.

Many courses already make watering decisions based on how weather and sun exposure affects turf and plant health (referred to as Evapotranspiration or ‘ET’). Toro’s Turf Guard wireless soil sensing technology measures soil moisture, salinity and temperature to help superintendents monitor what is going on beneath the surface of their course.

Turf Guard helps courses account for how much moisture is in the soil to determine specific areas that need watering, and can even alert them when defined thresholds are exceeded to shut down the system.

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