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Sensor is the quarterly magazine from in-ground soil sensor experts Soil Scout. Catch up with some of the industry's most influential characters and read the latest news and views from our team and much more!

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Issue 04<br />

| Spring 2022<br />

SENSOR<br />


The<br />

importance<br />

of peace of<br />

mind<br />

The<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong><br />

Story<br />

Staying<br />

ahead of<br />

the game<br />

Andrew<br />

Johnston<br />

Collecting<br />

data from<br />

up high and<br />

down below<br />

Taking Sentosa<br />

to the top<br />

Inside: Welcome new employees Bahman and Heikki | <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> partnerships with Greg Elliott and GreenSight | Expert Opinion with Dr<br />

John Dempsey | Why truffle farming needs a data-first approach | <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> around the world | Your FAQs answered | Plus much more!<br />

@<strong>Soil</strong>_<strong>Scout</strong><br />

@<strong>Soil</strong><strong>Scout</strong><br />

soilscout.com<br />

Agriculture<br />

Golf Courses<br />

Sports Stadiums<br />

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Agriculture<br />

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<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong><br />

Solution<br />

A patented wireless sub-surface soil monitoring<br />

solution for proactive field management<br />

Learn how to optimise<br />

your irrigation practices<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong><br />

Four-step irrigation optimisation<br />

approach for saving water<br />

in agriculture<br />

by monitoring your<br />

underground soil<br />

We reveal varying<br />

underground conditions<br />

in real-time which<br />

builds understanding of<br />

how soils behave and<br />

enables proactive field<br />

management<br />

It’s generally known that soil measurements will help in optimising irrigation water use<br />

and <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> is promoting water savings of up to 50% compared to old habits.<br />

But how can you obtain such savings in practice?<br />

#GainADeeperView<br />

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Visit the <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> website where you can download our solution description<br />

and other sports turf and agriculture brochures.<br />

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Editor<br />

Welcome<br />

Welcome<br />


<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> <strong>Sensor</strong> is the<br />

official quarterley magazine<br />

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Hello, welcome to<br />

issue four of our<br />

very own <strong>Sensor</strong><br />

magazine.<br />

Thank you to<br />

everyone who took the time<br />

to read issue three and gave<br />

us feedback on the articles.<br />

We are, once again,<br />

extremely grateful to some<br />

of the industries leading<br />

personalities for giving up<br />

their precious time to share<br />

some of their practices and<br />

thoughts with us.<br />

At the time of writing we are<br />

preparing to exhibit at BIGGA's<br />

BTME exhibition in Harrogate. We've<br />

therefore focussed this issue's main<br />

content on golf course maintenance.<br />

We’re headlining the issue with<br />

an exclusive interview with Andrew<br />

Johnston, General Manager, Director<br />

of Agronomy at Sentosa Golf Club in<br />

Singapore. Under Johnston's leadership<br />

Sentosa has gained global recognition<br />

for it's sustainability initiatives and<br />

exceptional championship courses.<br />

We also visited the brilliant John<br />

McLoughlin, Course Manager at<br />

Wallasey Golf Club. John reflects on<br />

how he uses his <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> sensors for<br />

peace of mind as he completes his first<br />

year working on a links course.<br />

Continuing the links theme, we also<br />

speak to WINSTONgolf's Greenkeeping<br />

/ Robot and Technology Specialist<br />

Erwan Le Cocq.<br />

Erwan is collecting data from the<br />

skies with a GreenSight drone and<br />

from below the ground with sensors.<br />

He explains to us how data has become<br />

everything at one of Germany's leading<br />

courses.<br />

It's not all about golf though, the<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> solution is for all sports<br />

turf professionals, agriculture and<br />

landscape too. With this in mind we<br />

round-off this issue with an exclusive<br />

interview with San Francisco Giants<br />

Director of Field Operations Greg<br />

Elliott. Discuss why truffle farming<br />

needs a data-first approach and also<br />

feature our friend and independent<br />

researcher in turfgrass disease and<br />

physiology, Dr John Dempsey.<br />

I hope you enjoy reading the articles<br />

that we have put together for this issue.<br />

If you have any comments, please<br />

contact me on the email address below<br />

or reach out to one of the <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong><br />

team. (More contact details on page<br />

33).<br />

James Baylis<br />

Head of Creative Content<br />

james.baylis@soilscout.com<br />

For more information about<br />

design and publishing call:<br />

07977 481186 or email:<br />

james@plus2media.co.uk<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> are very proud to support<br />

the fantastic work of BIGGA<br />

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CEO<br />

Welcome<br />

The<br />

CEO of <strong>Soil</strong><br />

With Jalmari Talola<br />

Chief Troublemaker (CEO)<br />

These days the entire world is focusing on the Russian invasion and the<br />

consequent crisis in Ukraine. It seems that the vast majority strongly condemns<br />

these actions, as we do at <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>.<br />

The crisis is not just affecting<br />

Ukrainians, but it is affecting<br />

and will impact the whole world.<br />

The crisis is already exacerbating<br />

component shortages and we’ve<br />

probably only seen the beginning. Technology<br />

companies are keeping a nervous eye on how<br />

China will respond to Russia’s actions and how<br />

new international walls will rise and cut globally<br />

supply chains for goods and components.<br />

Politics over economy<br />

Beijing aligned itself with Putin as Russia<br />

prepared to invade Ukraine. Now its efforts<br />

to edge away are constrained by leadership<br />

politics.<br />

In the worst case, China chooses politics<br />

over economy, which may result in widespread<br />

embargoes against both Russia and China. That<br />

would lead us all to very difficult times for a<br />

very long time. The current component shortage<br />

might later appear as a mild prelude compared<br />

to the much more serious disruptions we may<br />

witness.<br />

The other major collateral victim of the<br />

ongoing crisis is of course our global food<br />

production. It is very likely that Ukraine will not<br />

be able to produce the same amounts of crops<br />

for export as usual, while exports from Russia<br />

are impossible at the same time. The global food<br />

supply market is quite agile to balance price and<br />

availability, but not many regions have buffers<br />

to tolerate the absence of both Ukrainian and<br />

Russian produce and fertilisers.<br />

Politics over economy<br />

Other producers will do their best in making<br />

up for the shortfall in an environment of higher<br />

commodity prices and very high production<br />

costs. The thin silver lining is, under these<br />

circumstances, that growers who invest in<br />

tech that enables accurate input optimization<br />

are in a strong position to benefit from the<br />

high commodity prices via a smart use of the<br />

expensive inputs.<br />

Still, we all hope no further escalations and<br />

that a peaceful solution will be found quickly.<br />

We also challenge all farmers to think about how<br />

they can prepare for the coming season and take<br />

their next steps towards even better productivity<br />

and efficiency, as in every case we are once<br />

again entering an era where farmer’s produce<br />

will be appreciated.<br />

Contact Jalmari<br />

jalmari.talola@soilscout.com<br />

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CEO<br />

Welcome<br />

| Inside |<br />

Issue 4<br />

We all hope no further escalations and<br />

that a peaceful solution will be found<br />

Cover<br />

Story<br />

Jalmari Talola | CEO, <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong><br />

Andrew Johnston | p8 |<br />

Headline interview with Andrew Johnston,<br />

General Manager at Sentosa Golf Club in<br />

Singapore.<br />

John McLoughlin | p14 |<br />

<strong>Sensor</strong>s, moisture management and<br />

the importance of peace of mind with<br />

John McLoughlin the Course Manager at<br />

Wallasey Golf Club.<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong><br />

Agriculture<br />

Golf Courses<br />

Sports Stadiums<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> provides the most advanced fully buried underground wireless<br />

soil sensor and monitoring solution for professionals in Agriculture, Golf and<br />

Sports turf maintenance.<br />

Several golf courses and sports fields worldwide, including such iconic<br />

venues as the Wembley Stadium and Philadelphia Phillies, use <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> to<br />

maintain their turf in tip-top shape while reducing maintenance costs and<br />

water consumption.<br />

Farmers and agriculture professionals around the world use <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> to<br />

understand their fields, optimize soil conditions for better growth and improve<br />

crop production, also reducing operational costs and water consumption.<br />

Erwan Le Cocq | p20 |<br />

Read how data has become everything<br />

for Greenkeeping / Robot and Technology<br />

Specialist Erwan Le Cocq at WINSTONgolf<br />

in Germany.<br />

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VP<br />

Welcome<br />

MR<br />

World<br />

Wide!<br />

HELP!<br />

Well, what do I say...<br />

With Adam Sedgwick<br />

VP of International Sales<br />

Its so refreshing to have had three months<br />

of getting out and seeing people, and<br />

seeing the industry getting back to what<br />

we are all more used to.<br />

The first quarter of the year has passed,<br />

it started with STMA, in Savannah, followed by<br />

GIS in San Diego, then followed a new event for<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>, the ATPI conference and trade show<br />

in the beautiful city of Galway, Ireland. Finishing<br />

now with BIGGA's flagship event, BTME in<br />

Harrogate.<br />

Numbers for events gone by have definitely<br />

been down, but that gave us some quality time,<br />

to really show the full potential of real-time data<br />

gathering to the guys and gals we spoke too.<br />

For us as a manufacturer, it has been amazing<br />

to be able to see the signs that two years of hard<br />

work, through the COVID-19 era, have most<br />

definitely been worth it, and seeing <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong><br />

start to be fully recognised as the number one<br />

wireless soil monitoring platform in the world.<br />

Feedback from users, who have been using <strong>Soil</strong><br />

<strong>Scout</strong> data to its full potential is so rewarding,<br />

hearing how turf managers, golf course<br />

superintendents/course managers, and farmers,<br />

have been able to make changes, and start to see<br />

savings, efficiencies and results, by utilising realtime<br />

soil data to its full potential.<br />

Mixed in amongst these exhibitions, we have<br />

been doing a series of Turf Tec Live seminars,<br />

giving an educational view to users, alongside<br />

our strategic-partner TLS. The focus has been on<br />

utilising turf lighting and sensors, in conjunction<br />

with TLS's management dashboard, Turfpal, this<br />

has been a very interesting exercise. One which<br />

we will definitely be rolling out in a bigger way,<br />

later in the year.<br />

I’ll sign off with a cry for help, and a message,<br />

if any of you know a good transplant surgeon,<br />

by the end of this quarter, I will probably need a<br />

new liver! As we all know with live events comes<br />

the social aspect of the industry, being able to<br />

grab some down time, to relax, party, and be able<br />

to enjoy together the much needed re-opening of<br />

bars and restaurants.<br />

I am going to try a new thing for Harrogate, so<br />

anyone sees me with a beer, please remind me of<br />

this statement...<br />

#DryHarrogate<br />

Ciao<br />

Contact Adam<br />

adam.sedgwick@soilscout.com<br />

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<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong><br />

Headlines<br />

| Bahman Doaeian | Heikki Huhtanen<br />

New appointments<br />

at <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong><br />

I am going to try a new thing<br />

for Harrogate, so if anyone sees<br />

me with a beer, please remind<br />

me of this statement...<br />

#DryHarrogate<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> are delighted to announce two recent<br />

new appointments to the growing team.<br />

Regional Growth Manager, Bahman Doaeian will be<br />

responsible for expanding <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>'s operations in the<br />

Middle-East taking particular interest in the emerging<br />

landscape market.<br />

A Bachelor of Engineering at Staffordshire University,<br />

Bahman has been working in a variety of different<br />

businesses across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia for<br />

more than 17 years.<br />

Bahman commented on his appointment; "Teamwork<br />

makes the dream work. Years of working taught me that<br />

the people you are working with are everything, that’s why<br />

I'm delighted to be working with <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> because I know<br />

who I am going to work with.<br />

"People tell me I’m a good listener and friend. I'm<br />

passionate about business, growing, and scaling existing<br />

solutions to improve the lives of others by helping them<br />

solve their problems. <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> is the perfect fit for that<br />

mission."<br />

Bahman continued; "<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> customers can expect<br />

long-term partnership, friendship and honest service from<br />

me, I am very much looking forward to meeting customers<br />

old and new."<br />

Bahman lists watching good movies, reading great<br />

books, hiking and any sport involving a ball as his favourite<br />

hobbies.<br />

Experienced Software Developer Heikki Huhtanen<br />

joins the team having previously held a similar position<br />

developing software for a forest harvester.<br />

Heikki will work closely with <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>'s Chief<br />

Technology Officer Jussi Sirkiä and will be responsible for<br />

coding, programming, and the continuous development of<br />

the innovative software that is the key component inside all<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> products.<br />

Heikki's comes from a farming background and has<br />

previously worked in event and festival management. He<br />

studied programming at the Hive Helsinki.<br />

Adam Sedgwick | VP of International Sales, <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong><br />

Contact Bahman<br />

bahman.doaeian@soilscout.com<br />

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Headline<br />

Interview<br />

Taking<br />

Sentosa to<br />

the top<br />

Years in the making, and even more in the execution, Sentosa Golf Club's<br />

rise to prominence has been a carefully crafted plan. Raising it through the<br />

levels on and off the course is General Manager, Director of Agronomy and<br />

Resident Golf Course Architect Andrew Johnston.<br />

He sat down with Blair Ferguson to talk through his journey of taking<br />

Sentosa to the top.<br />

Sentosa is one of Singapore's most<br />

established golf clubs. Over the<br />

last four years, it has gained global<br />

recognition for its sustainability<br />

initiatives and exceptional<br />

championship courses, The Serapong and The<br />

Tanjong.<br />

Since 2005, they have hosted the Barclays<br />

Singapore Open (2005-2012), SMBC<br />

Singapore Open (2012-), HSBC Women's<br />

World Championship, Asia-Pacific Amateur<br />

Championship and the Women's Amateur Asia-<br />

Pacific. Numerous awards have joined these<br />

events, recognising their work on sustainability,<br />

as well as the title of 'World's Best Golf Club' at<br />

the 2019 World Golf Awards.<br />

Next level<br />

This journey has been under the stewardship<br />

of General Manager, Director of Agronomy<br />

and Resident Golf Course Architect, Andrew<br />

Johnston, since 2011. Designing over 100<br />

golf courses around the globe while working<br />

for Arnold Palmer, Gene Bates, Fred Couples<br />

and his own company, plus a turf degree from<br />

Michigan State, moulded Andrew into the<br />

perfect person to take Sentosa to the next level.<br />

Confident, detailed and humorous, he has<br />

learnt from his experiences at every stage.<br />

Starting with the guidance of his early mentor,<br />

Kevin Adams, and growing from milestones<br />

such as project managing his first construction<br />

for Arnold Palmer at Australia's Sanctuary Bay.<br />

Among everything that he has achieved in<br />

Singapore, pinpointing the culture necessary<br />

to facilitate change is one he clearly regards<br />

as his most significant. By working to a TR365<br />

(tournament ready 365 days a year) mantra,<br />

himself, Superintendent Rodney McKeown, the<br />

75 strong agronomy department and wider<br />

Sentosa team have transformed the Club.<br />

Andrew's same drive and belief started the<br />

Club's road into sustainability, which it is now<br />

renowned for, starting with a single-head<br />

control irrigation system.<br />

"I knew that single head control gave you<br />

better control of your water from a golf course<br />

architect's point of view," Andrew explains.<br />

"I've built and designed enough golf courses<br />

in areas that have really struggled for water<br />

availability to know that you could reduce your<br />

water consumption by 40-60% with single head<br />

control.<br />

"Again, people look at me and go, 'how is<br />

that possible?' A golf course with topographical<br />

contouring to it has high spots and low spots.<br />

High spots might need seven minutes, but low<br />

spots might only need 30 seconds because<br />

water runs downhill. If all heads are tied<br />

together in stations of two or three, you've got<br />

no choice but to run everything at ten minutes<br />

or whatever time you have set, so you're over<br />

watering.<br />

Sophisticated system<br />

"I'm a freak about water. We have the most<br />

sophisticated system in Asia right now, but I<br />

don't even let them turn it on until we have to.<br />

We drag hoses and just put them on the spot<br />

that needs it, even on the greens, I say to the<br />

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| Andrew Johnston General Manager, Director of<br />

Agronomy and Resident Golf Course Architect<br />

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I'm all about tech and understanding data, without the<br />

knowledge of this technology, then you can't improve.<br />

It is good to have hands-on intuitive skills,<br />

but you still need data.<br />

Andrew Johnston | General Manager & Director of Agronomy, Sentosa Golf Club<br />

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guys, “understand the green”. There's a culture within the<br />

culture. It is usually the high spots that will crust off first, but<br />

the whole green doesn't need water. And too much water is<br />

what sucks the roots up and means the plant doesn’t develop<br />

that deep root system. And if we can go 10 or 15 days<br />

without turning a head on, we will."<br />

After starting with water, attention turned to single-use<br />

plastics. Bottles were the first target - with 300,000 saved<br />

over two years - but the number of single-use plastics at<br />

the Club soon became apparent. Four years into operating<br />

without any on-site, the Club has made significant strides in<br />

other areas. It has introduced bee colonies, reduced fertiliser<br />

applications, product applications and is currently working<br />

with a local university and GEO Foundation to develop a<br />

calculation for carbon sequestration of grasses and trees.<br />

Carbon neutral<br />

This could help solidify the Club as carbon neutral and<br />

confirm their ultimate goal. For Andrew, it could also give<br />

them the credibility to be a complete roadmap for others in<br />

an industry where they are already leaders.<br />

The aims of sustainability and TR365 are one and the<br />

same on the course. Along with GPS sprayers, biochar, and<br />

other methods, Sentosa has been an early adopter of sensors.<br />

But, as with any new technology, they have seen it develop<br />

and are now installing <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>'s into every green on their<br />

two Championship courses along with selected tees, fairways<br />

and roughs.<br />

Understanding data<br />

"I'm all about tech and understanding data," Andrew<br />

begins. "Without the knowledge of this technology, then you<br />

can't improve. It is good to have hands-on intuitive skills, but<br />

you still need data.<br />

"Picture this. I have four greens that are very close to each<br />

other. Hole 1, then hole 2, which sits down in a hole and is<br />

a par three, is right behind it. Next to it is hole 7, and then<br />

left of hole 1 is 8. So, four greens together with different<br />

elevations.<br />

"Number 2 is in some kind of decline, and we can't figure<br />

out why. It seems like it's melting out a bit, and we're<br />

sending tissue samples and soil samples off to the lab. We've<br />

done nematode assays, and nothing adds up. Nothing points<br />

to an issue, but it is physically thinning and going downhill.<br />

We're watching it day to day, and it's been going on for about<br />

three weeks.<br />

"I'm scratching my head, and I happened to pull up the<br />

dashboards of the soil sensors on my phone, and I see that<br />

1, 7 and 8 are all the same temperature and 2 is ten degrees<br />

hotter. It sits in a hole and, with its axis, points at the sun as<br />

| The Tanjong is the host venue for the HSBC Women's<br />

World Championship<br />

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Interview<br />

it rises and sets. So, it's got full sun all day, and<br />

it was the hottest time of year for us with little<br />

cloud cover.<br />

"Basically, it was getting too hot. So, we<br />

moved in a Turf Breeze fan and came back<br />

an hour and a half later and looked at the<br />

dashboard, and everything had levelled out. Air<br />

movement over the top provided the cooling<br />

the soil needed, so everything equalled out. In<br />

about two weeks, it had improved, its density<br />

was coming back, the plant was feeling healthy,<br />

and it didn't take a fungicide or NPK – all of it<br />

was environmental.<br />

Confidence in the solution<br />

"We wouldn't have figured that out without a<br />

sensor that gave us the information we needed<br />

to make the right intuitive decision to change<br />

the environment. They are really valuable<br />

because they give us information that helps<br />

us, as premier turf managers, to analyse and<br />

make decisions that can put you in that ‘TR365<br />

position’.<br />

"Now that we've gone to the <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong><br />

version, which I feel is more reliable and<br />

has more background to it, I feel even more<br />

confidence in it.<br />

"I think they are extremely valuable to<br />

understanding all the little things. You can't<br />

come to work every day and just make decisions<br />

by the seat of your pants and expect it to look<br />

like what we look like every day."<br />

Providing Sentosa with the <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong><br />

solution is Centaur Asia Pacific, who has built<br />

a relationship with the Club and is delighted to<br />

work with them on this project.<br />

"Since we started distributing <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>, we<br />

knew that we were partnering with a company<br />

that has something very different from other<br />

underground sensors we have seen before,"<br />

explained Bryan Littlejohn, Business Manager<br />

(Sales & Services) for Centaur Asia Pacific,<br />

Singapore.<br />

"The reliability of the product and the sensor's<br />

capabilities to send data consistently is second<br />

to none. The backup support provided by the<br />

team at <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> is exceptional and gives us<br />

all the tools and resources we need to service<br />

our new and existing customers accordingly.<br />

Real-time data<br />

"We are very proud to be supplying Sentosa<br />

Golf Club with the <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> solution, thus<br />

allowing their Agronomy department the realtime<br />

data required to make more informed<br />

decisions on the exact time to apply water and<br />

helping reduce their overall water consumption.<br />

Sentosa Golf Club is renowned for providing<br />

world-class playing surfaces, and it's very<br />

exciting to be associated with such a prestigious<br />

facility."<br />

TR365 was last put to the test in early<br />

March 2022 at the HSBC Women's World<br />

Championship, where the top LPGA players<br />

competed over three days on Sentosa Golf<br />

Club's The Tanjong golf course.<br />



300,000<br />

Plastic water bottles saved<br />

over a two-year period<br />

100%<br />

Recycled ocean waste<br />

used to make Adidas Golf<br />

Primegreen polos for F&B<br />

and Golfing team kits<br />

30%<br />

Reduction in the use of<br />

product applications<br />

through GPS Spraying<br />

Equipment<br />

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3 4<br />

1 | All of Sentosa's golf carts use lithium-ion rechargeable batteries<br />

2 | Sentosa Golf Club has developed a number of sting-less bee colonies on-site<br />

3 | Five Electric Vehicle Charging Stations have been installed at the Club as part of<br />

Porsche Destination Charging<br />

4 | The Tanjong 18 th and Clubhouse<br />

Follow Sentosa Golf Club<br />

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40%<br />

Reduction in water usage<br />

through a single-head<br />

control irrigation<br />

system<br />

30%<br />

Estimated cost savings on<br />

monthly waste disposal<br />

over a one-year period<br />

from installation of<br />

waste digesters<br />

50%<br />

Reduction in the use of<br />

fertility applications<br />

through the integration<br />

of carbon products into<br />

agronomy programme<br />

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The<br />

importance<br />

of peace of<br />

mind<br />

Wallasey Golf Club Course Manager, John McLoughlin, sits down with<br />

Blair Ferguson to talk sensors, moisture management, the importance<br />

of peace of mind and his first year working on a Links.<br />

For the last year, Wallasey Golf<br />

Club's new Course Manager, John<br />

McLoughlin, has been adapting to life<br />

in charge of his first-ever links.<br />

Changing scenery is nothing<br />

new for John, who travelled the world as<br />

a greenkeeper after spending a college<br />

placement at Gleneagles. This ten-year journey<br />

saw him work at the Ryder Cup, The Open<br />

Championship and the Australian Open, as well<br />

as several Tour events.<br />

One of the best<br />

His love of playing golf forged his pathway<br />

into the industry, but his decision not to pursue<br />

it professionally has been greenkeeping's gain.<br />

With more than a decade of experience under<br />

his belt, he decided the time was right to move<br />

from his heathland course to a links, and in<br />

Wallasey, he got himself one of the best.<br />

Wallasey is a jewel amongst English golf's<br />

finest diamonds on the famous northwest golf<br />

coast. The classic links counts Royal Birkdale<br />

and Royal Liverpool as just two of its renowned<br />

neighbours, but the course on the cusp of the<br />

Wirral Peninsula more than holds its own in<br />

England's Top 100.<br />

Settling into this new job has been different.<br />

For the first time ever, at his first links ever,<br />

John has used <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> sensors to learn about<br />

the greens and accelerate his understanding of<br />

the course. Wallasey consists of three differently<br />

constructed greens among the 18-holes,<br />

and there are three sensors in one of each<br />

construction to give a detailed overview of how<br />

they are performing.<br />

John explains: "I went from managing a<br />

heathland course to a links, so I knew water<br />

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There can be a level of anxiety over it being hotter or<br />

wetter than you anticipated, but being able to check<br />

that live is a valuable tool for wellbeing. I don't think<br />

it's something that gets touched on, but it is<br />

a big aspect of having <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong><br />

John McLoughlin | Course Manager, Wallasey Golf Club<br />

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management was something I was going to<br />

have to really get on top of and be astute in.<br />

"Installing <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> sensors in the greens<br />

fitted in with our best practice for water<br />

management, and I believed by using them<br />

we could home in on our moisture levels very<br />

quickly.<br />

"What drew me to <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> is the live data<br />

you get every 20 minutes. Having that at your<br />

fingertips is unique in the industry, and it was<br />

something that by putting the sensors in, we<br />

could fine-tune our moisture management very<br />

quickly.<br />

"I also think it's quite nice to feel like you're<br />

in control. So when you're at home and going<br />

through a dry spell, for peace of mind, it's great.<br />

There is an aspect of mental health within the<br />

industry and managing that. There can be times<br />

when the greens are drying out or getting too<br />

wet, and being able to check that takes a lot of<br />

pressure off you.<br />

In control with <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong><br />

"When I started here, we had mixed weather,<br />

but I did feel in control, where I might not have<br />

done without having the <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>s in the<br />

greens.<br />

"There can be a level of anxiety over it being<br />

hotter or wetter than you anticipated, but being<br />

able to check that live is a valuable tool for<br />

well-being. I don't think it's something that gets<br />

touched on, but it is a big aspect of having <strong>Soil</strong><br />

<strong>Scout</strong>."<br />

Having the live information to hand has<br />

settled John in quickly, and it is also playing a<br />

role in staff education. Greens data is collected<br />

daily and is the subject of the next day's<br />

morning briefing. Discussing the information<br />

with his team and reflecting on their previous<br />

days' performance is something John introduced<br />

and plays a significant role in staff involvement<br />

with the progression of the course and its<br />

maintenance.<br />

"We do it to help build the team's<br />

knowledge of the course, but we're also able<br />

to make better-informed judgements of daily<br />

maintenance practices because we analyse the<br />

performance of the greens every day. So, those<br />

figures drive what we do on a daily basis. By<br />

being able to track our moisture levels and our<br />

firmness, we can make more educated decisions<br />

with resources, whether that be sand for top<br />

dressing, watering, or wetting agents.<br />

Making better judgments<br />

"It's a better use of resources. We're never<br />

rolling the greens when we don't have to<br />

because we know what they are clegging at, we<br />

know the speed, and we know the smoothness,<br />

so we can make better judgments, and the <strong>Soil</strong><br />

<strong>Scout</strong>s are one part of that.<br />

"The way the greens react to different<br />

conditions is playing out in a similar way to<br />

what I expected, although it takes them a lot<br />

longer to dry down than I was anticipating.<br />

So, to have that live data really did forward<br />

our knowledge against how long it would<br />

have taken us to learn that. And with that<br />

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| Wallasey Golf Club |<br />


Dr Frank<br />

Stableford<br />

Dr Frank Barney Gorton Stableford gave his name to<br />

the most popular points scoring system ever to be<br />

adopted.<br />

| Laura Sayer-Hall, working on the Wallasey course<br />

He was an excellent golfer and with a<br />

handicap of plus 1 in 1907 he won the club<br />

championship at Royal Porthcawl. Earlier<br />

he had served as a surgeon in the Royal<br />

Army Medical Corps, and spent some<br />

years in South Africa.<br />

His medical career brought him to Wallasey and<br />

he joined the golf club in 1914. During the 1914-18 War<br />

he served as a major with the RAMC. He returned to<br />

Wallasey after the war, and records of 1922 show that<br />

his handicap had risen to 8.<br />

His unique scoring method was born out of<br />

frustration with the bogey system of scoring at that<br />

time, where the player played against the bogey (or<br />

par) for the hole. The strong winds at Wallasey made<br />

nonsense of this system when players were unable to<br />

reach the long par-4s in regulation.<br />

Stableford had experimented with a scoring system<br />

when briefly a member of Glamorganshire in 1898.<br />

He took the scores from a normal bogey competition<br />

and used a points system to identify a 'winner', but the<br />

system proved unsatisfactory and was not repeated. It<br />

was only many years later at Wallasey that he devised<br />

a formula that worked. "I was practising on the 2nd<br />

fairway at Wallasey Golf Club one day in the latter part<br />

of 1931", he said, "when the thought ran through my<br />

mind that many players in competitions got very little<br />

fun since they tore up their cards after playing only a<br />

few holes and I wondered if anything could be done<br />

about it" The result was the Stableford scoring system,<br />

and club golfers have been indebted to the good<br />

doctor ever since.<br />

Wallasey held the first Stableford competition<br />

on 16th May 1932, and it was an instant success. As<br />

an everlasting tribute to Dr Stableford, Wallasey<br />

introduced "The Frank Stableford Open Amateur<br />

Memorial Trophy" in 1969. Of course, the event is played<br />

as a Stableford, and it has become a major event in<br />

the amateur golfing calendar.<br />

Stableford's portrait by J.A.A.Berrie hangs in the<br />

clubhouse, a reminder to the members of the debt<br />

owed to the club golfer's greatest benefactor.<br />

www.wallaseygolfclub.com<br />

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information, it stops us watering as soon as we<br />

might have done, which is a positive for our<br />

water management plan.<br />

"We still use a moisture meter on the greens,<br />

but we don't have to do quite as much because<br />

of the sensors, so we have saved a lot of labour<br />

by having them in there, and that's a big thing<br />

for us."<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>'s sensors have played a pivotal role<br />

in fine-tuning the maintenance plan, but they<br />

have been equally as important in measuring<br />

the effectiveness of wetting agents. Initial<br />

product testing has allowed John to pick the<br />

best for his course, and when in use, he can<br />

get a strong indication when to reapply them<br />

through the moisture readings.<br />

Saving staff time<br />

Again, this saves his staff considerable time<br />

against using a moisture meter every day and<br />

allows them to pursue other projects. Against<br />

other courses in the area, Wallasey – famous for<br />

being the birthplace of the Stableford scoring<br />

system – provides a striking drama with its<br />

dunes and sea views.<br />

John's team has sought to enhance that by<br />

reclaiming 6000sqm of dune land that had<br />

turned into scrub. Now reinstated, the area is<br />

home to common sand lizards, skylarks and<br />

has brought lost contours back to the course.<br />

The outstanding work of the team has been<br />

recognised with a nomination for the Golf<br />

Environment Awards 2022 in the Environmental<br />

Project of the Year category.<br />

After slightly over one year in charge, John's<br />

impact on Wallasey is already visible in the<br />

landscape, but it is the data he is getting<br />

from beneath the greens that will shape<br />

his environmental best practice and course<br />

maintenance for years to come.<br />

Follow John McLoughlin<br />

@johnmac150<br />

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| Erwan Le Cocq Greenkeeping / Robot and Technology Specialist<br />

Collecting data<br />

from up high<br />

and down below<br />

Automation, data and doing things his own way are nothing new to WINSTONgolf<br />

Greenkeeping / Robot and Technology Specialist Erwan Le Cocq. His data collection<br />

now operates underground and in the sky, and he explains to Blair Ferguson how data<br />

has become everything at one of Germany's leading courses.<br />

Doing things differently is nothing<br />

new at WINSTONgolf. The German<br />

club boasts two of the country's<br />

best courses in WINSTONlinks<br />

and WINSTONopen, but the two<br />

couldn't be more different.<br />

The OPEN course is typical of its landscape<br />

with moderate undulations and naturally<br />

occurring features that combine to make<br />

a challenging golf experience. However,<br />

typical wasn't the order of the day when<br />

WINSTONlinks was planned.<br />

The course is modelled on Scottish links, with<br />

heaven and earth moved to create something<br />

that simply wasn't there before. Rolling<br />

landscape was transformed by spectacular<br />

dunes and rugged vegetation, with the<br />

finished product receiving multiple awards for<br />

Germany's best golf course in 2019.<br />

These two 18-hole courses are joined by the<br />

9-hole WINSTONkranich, with a mix of the<br />

LINKS and OPEN features, which completes the<br />

golf resort, but bringing Scottish golfing style to<br />

Germany is only where the new ideas began.<br />

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Making data collection automatic means you don't<br />

spend time on it anymore, so you can only benefit<br />

from it. That's the case with <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>; I don't<br />

spend time collecting because it's always<br />

up to date on my phone<br />

Erwan Le Cocq | Greenkeeping / Robot and Technology Specialist<br />

Four years ago, French greenkeeper Erwan<br />

Le Cocq joined the team. In that time, he has<br />

established himself as one of the industry's<br />

most forward-thinking and progressive users<br />

of technology. Although introducing new<br />

innovations wasn't in his original remit, six<br />

months after joining, he saw it as a way to meet<br />

the demands of maintaining three courses.<br />

From there he has become a leading example<br />

of what can be achieved using tech such as <strong>Soil</strong><br />

<strong>Scout</strong>, GreenSight drones and robotic mowers.<br />

"Six years ago, I started to fly a drone on my<br />

course in France and Belgium, and it was just<br />

that and not much more," Erwan begins. "Then<br />

I moved to Germany, and they came to me and<br />

said, 'we've got a problem, we've got limited<br />

staff, I know you're into technology, can you<br />

find a solution?'<br />

Investing in technology<br />

"After that, it was a snowball rolling down<br />

a hill, and we're getting more and more<br />

technology because we see the results every<br />

year. So we keep investing more time and<br />

money into that.<br />

"I make it my mission to teach other people<br />

because I don't want the rest of the industry to<br />

feel alone like I did at the beginning. So, I'm<br />

trying to share what I've learnt in my process<br />

and teach other people and give them a crash<br />

course so they don't have to do two or three<br />

years of testing and learning. That way, they<br />

can start from a stable base."<br />

Comprehensive test<br />

With <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>, the process began by<br />

testing wetting agents using 27 sensors in<br />

one green. For Erwan, this was the only way<br />

to comprehensively test his theory without<br />

committing significant funds to products. From<br />

it, he has found a solid solution to provide more<br />

consistent greens WINSTONgolf is known for.<br />

"The wetting agent problem was very<br />

course-specific. One of our courses has a lot<br />

of movement on the green, and when I say<br />

a lot, I mean extreme movement. We have<br />

some extremely dry areas and another that are<br />

exceptionally wet, and over time it started to<br />

build up some black layer and poa population.<br />

"So, we tested with 27 sensors in one green<br />

with different wetting agents and penetrants to<br />

see which one performed best at the depth we<br />

were looking at. It's nice to move the water in<br />

the ground, but you want to know how deep<br />

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you're moving it. So, that's what we did initially with<br />

the sensors.<br />

"It was a confirmation of my idea that I probably<br />

wouldn't have used without that confirmation. I was<br />

thinking about doing spot-checking on a penetrant and<br />

using <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> we proved that it was working and<br />

went with it.<br />

"The problem we have is we can't work on feeling<br />

because everyone has a different feeling. When I talk<br />

with my boss, he might have a different opinion than<br />

me; he might think the issue isn't that big but having<br />

an actual number means we have hard data. It makes<br />

it the same for everyone. When we see a number, we<br />

know what it means, and we can all work with the<br />

same idea, and the feeling is left out so we can work<br />

more efficiently and have a better result at the end of<br />

the day.<br />

"Working like this means we can keep the greens<br />

consistent through the year, and that is the main thing.<br />

With <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>, you don't have to put in lots of effort<br />

gathering data and analysing it because you can see<br />

what's happening in real-time. You can say this week<br />

we need to do a bit more of this and next week a bit<br />

less of that, and so you have a better work distribution,<br />

and the greens stay much more consistent through the<br />

course."<br />

Early warning system<br />

Once testing was complete, the sensors were<br />

redistributed into four greens each on the main courses<br />

and one on the nine-hole course. These were chosen<br />

because they reflect the courses' problems the most and<br />

can be used as an early warning system for other areas.<br />

But recently, Erwan added an aerial approach to<br />

boost his underground data in the shape of GreenSight.<br />

The drone provides remote sensing and mapping and<br />

can process data for visualisation and assessment,<br />

giving an entirely different view of the course<br />

conditions.<br />

"The very first idea is to gather as much information<br />

as possible to make the best decisions possible, and<br />

that is why I wanted to use GreenSight. I can tell you<br />

that green is dry, but the question then is why and<br />

you have no idea. But as soon as you start to pull<br />

everything together, the wiser decisions you can make.<br />

This is double-checking the info we have as well as<br />

seeing underground and above ground because for the<br />

golfer, we grow the best top ground we can, but for<br />

greenkeepers, we focus mainly underground because<br />

that is where everything is working.<br />

"With the drone, we also want to check things on a<br />

course scale. I can't check the 200 hectares every day,<br />

but the drone can do it, and that is the main difference.<br />

"We are already in the off-season, and the main<br />

reason to use the drone is for dryness during the<br />

playing season. Dryness isn't an issue for us at this time<br />

of year, but we've still learnt some interesting things<br />

from our flights.<br />

"We've seen how much we can see, and we've come<br />

across a minor problem that we never knew we had on<br />

one of the greens. We looked and realised it was foot<br />

traffic, and we tracked back from that time through<br />

previous flights and saw when it started becoming<br />

a problem and when it went away, and it was when<br />

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we moved the flags. So knowing that now is<br />

a powerful thing for us, and it's something we<br />

wouldn't have thought of in normally.<br />

"So, having the drone now has been very<br />

beneficial for us because we've learnt how to<br />

use it and the platform correctly, and we've got<br />

some insights from it. Because of the time of<br />

year, we are a bit limited in what else we can<br />

see, but I can see the potential being very high.<br />

“Using these two automatic systems has<br />

shown the problem with information is that<br />

it is only as good as what you get out. So if<br />

you spend ten hours getting information that<br />

will save you one hour of work, it is a waste.<br />

Making data collection automatic means you<br />

don't spend time on it anymore, so you can<br />

only benefit from it. That's the case with <strong>Soil</strong><br />

<strong>Scout</strong>; I don't spend time collecting because<br />

it's always up to date on my phone, so it can<br />

only save me something, whether that is time<br />

planning irrigation, money on products or time<br />

planning maintenance, and not only for me, but<br />

all our team! Supervisor, team coach, irrigation<br />

technician and greenkeepers. Everyone can<br />

access our up-to-date readings, anywhere, at<br />

any time!”<br />

Pictures by Erwan Le Cocq<br />

Follow Erwan Le Cocq<br />

@GkErwan<br />

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Greg<br />

Elliott<br />

San Francisco Giants Director of Field Operations Greg Elliott has<br />

risen quickly to the pinnacle of his profession in Major League<br />

Baseball. In our exclusive interview, Greg gives us an insight into<br />

how he utilises technology in his field to stay ahead of the game.<br />

Greg Elliott was speaking to James Baylis<br />

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Partnerships<br />

After turning away from a career<br />

in teaching Greg worked as a<br />

facilities manager in Ohio, where he<br />

supervised the head groundskeeper<br />

and it was this experience that drew<br />

him towards a future career in the industry.<br />

With experience in his previous role of<br />

overseeing staff and managing budgets, Greg<br />

felt he had a head-start over his peers and<br />

upon graduating Michigan State University<br />

with a Turfgrass management degree he swiftly<br />

progressed through the Minor Baseball League<br />

ranks to reach the top of the sport within eight<br />

years.<br />

Now highly-respected throughout the industry,<br />

Greg is well-known for embracing technology in<br />

his every-day working practices. Amongst his tech<br />

armoury is an autonomous GreenSight drone and<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> sensors buried below-ground giving him<br />

24/7 real-time data.<br />

What is the biggest challenge that<br />

you currently face?<br />

GE: We are always battling to find consistency dayin-day-out<br />

for the players benefit, it’s our major<br />

emphasis throughout the year and achieving that<br />

consistency can be affected by the varied events<br />

that we host inside Oracle Park stadium. Events<br />

vary from rock concerts, to batting practices, or<br />

corporate dinner; we host over 200 corporate<br />

events throughout a baseball season as well as<br />

81 home baseball games and hopefully play-off<br />

games.<br />

Some events are on game day, the field will be<br />

set up for batting practice at 9.30am. At these<br />

events we can host anywhere from 50 to 200<br />

guests attending a fantasy batting practice on<br />

our in-field which only leaves us a window from<br />

around 11.30am to 2.30pm to prepare the field for<br />

the upcoming game. Those hours are critical, we<br />

need at least two hours to mow the grass. We have<br />

to condense all of our work into that time frame,<br />

but we are able to accomplish that because we are<br />

running with a highly organized and skilled team.<br />

Does hosting so many corporate events at the<br />

stadium hinder your pitch preparations?<br />

GE: No not at all, at the end of the day we have to<br />

embrace the extra events that the stadium hosts as<br />

ultimately they help pay for the renovations and<br />

pay for the technology. It’s a good way to run a<br />

business, you’re a business with a facility and you<br />

need to make use of it in any way you can while<br />

turning a profit.<br />

Do you work closely with the Giants<br />

coaching and management staff?<br />

GE: We try our best to meet every need for the<br />

team, the Giants hired a new manager two years<br />

ago and we are fortunate that he’s a really good<br />

communicator. We are always going back and<br />

forth with texts and I run everything that we are<br />

doing on the playing surface through the bench<br />

coach. Interestingly, when I first met our manager,<br />

I mentioned that within the realm of the rule-book<br />

we really wanted to be a positive force for him.<br />

He seemed to be a little bit surprised by that, he<br />

had never really thought of the playing surface as<br />

a way to gain a competitive advantage. I think that<br />

really showed him that we are on the same side<br />

and that was the start of a really good relationship.<br />

With so many games and events to host you must<br />

be working around the clock to prepare the field,<br />

how do you achieve and maintain such high<br />

standards?<br />

GE: Typically we are working to a week-on, weekoff<br />

schedule. We would have games for 7-10 days<br />

and then have 7-10 days off. In between those<br />

days is when we host other events. We block off<br />

the day after and the day before a game and I have<br />

a philosophy that I like to follow. I utilize what I<br />

call a 70-30 model because of the way baseball’s<br />

played 70 percent of your players are on the clay<br />

surface when you start a game. So I try to have 70<br />

percent of my energy and workforce go towards<br />

those clay areas and then 30 percent on the grass<br />

where we just mow and manage hot-spots. Then<br />

when they leave I try to flip that on its head so<br />

we will spend more time on the grass doing<br />

aerification, top dressings, seeding and managing<br />

our irrigation cycles and spend less time on the<br />

clay areas.<br />

That direction has given us the ability to work<br />

in and out of events so as we have the events we<br />

can work mornings on the bullpens or the clay<br />

mounds and then host an event and then on the<br />

days that are free we can put our time and energy<br />

into fertilizing, doing our spray applications, so we<br />

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Partnerships<br />

For me it's been the game-changer, as far as how<br />

we approach what we do and how we go about<br />

it, it's led to our success is what I believe<br />

Greg Elliott | SF Giants Head Groundskeeper, Director of Field Operations<br />

are able to identify the key time frames and hit our<br />

surface appropriately.<br />

How are you utilising technology to help you<br />

achieve your objectives?<br />

GE: Technology plays a huge role in what we do<br />

at the stadium, we are fully committed to acting<br />

in a sustainable way for the future benefit of the<br />

whole San Francisco bay area and we are using<br />

technology to help us achieve this.<br />

We are flying the GreenSight drone, receive<br />

underground real-time data from <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong><br />

sensors and also have the SubAir Systems<br />

submersible air flow system installed. All three<br />

elements play a vital role in how we approach our<br />

daily tasks, I liken it to a piece of pie, you take all<br />

those inputs and divide them up and are left with<br />

the information required to decide what the best<br />

course of action is.<br />

When the COVID pandemic hit and we were<br />

sent home, part of my immediate concern was<br />

losing staff members and putting them on leave.<br />

Fortunately due to the remote technology that<br />

GreenSight and <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> offer we were able to<br />

manage a lot of what we are doing at the stadium<br />

from home. This still allowed for a smaller amount<br />

of the team to come into work and prepare the<br />

mounds and mow the grass.<br />

Despite the difficulties we managed to prepare<br />

for the unknown and later that year we ended up<br />

hosting Spring training camp which was a huge<br />

achievement for us considering the circumstances.<br />

Is there anything that you were specifically<br />

looking to learn about your pitch from the daily<br />

drone flights?<br />

GE: I wanted to see plant stress areas, I knew<br />

where it would come from but I didn’t know how<br />

severe it would be and how quickly it would come<br />

back. I wanted to be able to track this because a lot<br />

of what I do, I say something in a meeting and I’ll<br />

mention hey this isn’t good. You can only say that<br />

so many times before you see people’s eyes rollover.<br />

So now I have the information I need to say,<br />

look at what this has done, look at how we have<br />

to manage this, we need to do this, this and this.<br />

People used to tell us, ‘if it’s green it’s good’ but<br />

we are trying to manage the soil as much as we<br />

are trying to manage the plant on top. So for me it<br />

was more about figuring out a way to incorporate<br />

it into my daily routine and utilize it. That way I<br />

will see the benefits of discovering areas that were<br />

being over-watered.<br />

I’m also beginning to see even larger benefits<br />

like fertiliser release and disease pressure rise. But<br />

by incorporating the data from the drone flights<br />

and the <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> sensors I can now identify<br />

where to allocate my labour so it’s also helping<br />

us manage our staff resources and activities a lot<br />

better as well.<br />

How often do you fly the GreenSight drone?<br />

GE: We are flying the drone Monday to Friday<br />

around 11.30am, five days a week. That might be<br />

adjusted a bit if we have a baseball game to get<br />

all the game information and sometimes we also<br />

fly when we have major events on the pitch. I’m<br />

trying not to force the GreenSight guys to work<br />

365 days a year but we would very much like to<br />

have the option to fly the drone seven days!<br />

How many <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> sensors do you have under<br />

the playing surface?<br />

GE: We have 12 <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> sensors and have them<br />

laid out a little differently than others because we<br />

got into the sensor market due to our submersible<br />

air-flow. We have them set up so that one is on<br />

our gravel layer and the other is six inches below<br />

the surface. I think moving forward I would like<br />

them a little bit closer to the surface so I am going<br />

to remove the lower sensors and redistribute at a<br />

higher level, maybe even at a three inch level as<br />

opposed to six inches. However, we are not going<br />

to move them until the next time we do a field<br />

renovation.<br />

In the time that you have been using the<br />

technology have you seen any significant<br />

improvements?<br />

GE: Yes, I believe our water consumption is now<br />

significantly lower than most we have more<br />

traffic through the stadium than most do and we<br />

probably use less pesticides while still utilising<br />

the surface more than anyone else so when you<br />

combine all these factors together and your usage<br />

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is up and your inputs are down, I believe you are<br />

doing your job right.<br />

Would you recommend GreenSight drone and <strong>Soil</strong><br />

<strong>Scout</strong> to other sports turf professionals?<br />

GE: Yes absolutely, I think the information you<br />

are going to get from it will help you manage not<br />

only your staff but your resources. We’re hitting<br />

the tip of the iceberg right now, this has already<br />

started to affect our cultural practices even<br />

during post-game work. We are pulling out the<br />

aerification unit a little more often. We are using<br />

some solid tines and we are loosening the soil and<br />

trying to manage that. One thing we have that<br />

others possibly don’t is some soil migration with<br />

in-field clay material that works into our edges,<br />

so that’s another area that we are able to monitor<br />

a lot quicker than previously. So by using the two<br />

technologies we are able to identify where it is<br />

happening and manage it sooner, getting some<br />

sand and seed down.<br />

We’ve had a very successful run with the drone<br />

and sensors so far and we are looking to introduce<br />

more technology very soon such as autonomous<br />

mowers. I strongly believe we must continue to<br />

raise the bar in the area and hopefully adjust<br />

how people view managing sports surfaces in the<br />

United States.<br />

For me it’s been the game-changer, as far as how<br />

we approach what we do and how we go about it,<br />

it’s led to our success is what I believe.<br />

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Expert Opinion<br />

Dr John Dempsey<br />

So, are sensors<br />

useful or just a<br />

passing fad?<br />

By Dr John Dempsey<br />

Independent researcher in turfgrass disease and physiology<br />

Iwrote a piece for a previous issue of<br />

<strong>Sensor</strong> a couple of months back, in it I<br />

said: ‘So why <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>? Well, the <strong>Soil</strong><br />

<strong>Scout</strong> system is not merely a moisture<br />

meter, we’re not talking just soil sensors<br />

here, the system, when installed, is an<br />

integral part of your site, be it a golf course,<br />

sports field or research facility. What I find<br />

very attractive, is you receive real-time data<br />

regarding volumetric water content, salt<br />

levels and canopy temperatures, and when<br />

integrated with the drone option, you will also<br />

have thermal, NDVI and visual imagery, at<br />

your fingertips, ie., on your PC, tablet or smart<br />

phone.’<br />

I mentioned I was provided with a couple of<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> sensors to use at my research area<br />

here in Co Kildare and that I intended using<br />

them during a number of trials I had planned<br />

for the summer. So how did I get on since then,<br />

how have I utilised the system? Did I find it of<br />

use? Or just a passing fad?<br />

The first trial I want to mention involved<br />

assessment of a range of surfactants and<br />

nutritional inputs. As with most trials,<br />

treatments were applied, and data gathered.<br />

I had 64 separate plots in these trials,<br />

unfortunately I didn’t have 64 <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong><br />

sensors…. that would have been excellent!<br />

What I did have was two and with these I was<br />

able to locate them in a treated and untreated<br />

control plot for a period time. Were they of<br />

value, did they add to the research in any way?<br />

The answer is …Yes! The sensors allowed me<br />

to collect data at any time and save it directly<br />

to my office PC, this enabled me to build up a<br />

picture of how the applied treatment influenced<br />

root zone volumetric water content and nutrient<br />

availability. So, I was able to utilise the <strong>Soil</strong><br />

<strong>Scout</strong> sensor data to produce charts comparing<br />

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Dr John Dempsey<br />

I was able to install my two <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> sensors in<br />

two greenhouse plots and these gave me constant<br />

readouts, which I then used to determine when<br />

to apply my irrigation inputs<br />

Dr John Dempsey | Independent researcher in turfgrass disease and physiology<br />

treatment effect on VWC to untreated control.<br />

A second research trial I undertook began in<br />

August, in the greenhouses, as with the other<br />

trial I can’t mention specifics as yet, as they<br />

were in collaboration with various companies.<br />

But this trial involved the use of numerous pot<br />

samples, which required irrigation inputs on<br />

a regular basis. I was able to install my two<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> sensors in two greenhouse pots and<br />

these gave me constant readouts, which I then<br />

used to determine when to apply my irrigation<br />

inputs. I could see at a glance the VWC prior to,<br />

and post irrigation.<br />

This use of the <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> sensors is of course<br />

not the standard method. Ideally they would<br />

be situated throughout the sports facility<br />

being managed. But hopefully it highlights<br />

the versatility and value you can obtain from<br />

their use. Ideally for me as a researcher, having<br />

numerous sensors in my trial areas would be<br />

perfect (hint, hint). But even when limited<br />

to two they were of great value. If I were<br />

managing a sports facility their use would<br />

provide me with essential data (accessible<br />

anywhere in the world I should mention) that<br />

would enable me to see exactly what was going<br />

on in my root zones and allow me to make<br />

informed decisions regarding maintenance<br />

operations.<br />

Hopefully this is of some interest and again<br />

hopefully looking forward to meeting many at<br />

BTME in March!<br />

Follow Dr John Dempsey<br />

@J_J_Dempsey<br />

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Why truffle farming<br />

needs a data-first<br />

approach<br />

Controlling the uncontrollable<br />

elements with soil sensors<br />

By Tim Gilbert<br />

Truffle farming is a complex<br />

operation, and for the farm to<br />

operate effectively, all pieces of the<br />

equation need to be exactly right<br />

to yield more truffles and return<br />

the most profit. Truffle initiation, development,<br />

maturity, quality and aromatics are all heavily<br />

influenced by temperature and rainfall. This<br />

means water regimes are particularly important<br />

during summer seasons to ensure the proper<br />

initiation of truffles.<br />

Growing truffles has historically been an<br />

analogue endeavour, with farmers keeping<br />

tight-lipped about their best practises and<br />

industry secrets, passing them down as<br />

whispers to close ones. Yet, when water regimes<br />

are so important to effectively grow truffles,<br />

technology that measures soil moisture,<br />

temperature and salinity can enable farmers to<br />

optimise their practices and yield more truffles<br />

per year.<br />

Optimising soil for truffle farming<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> conditions suitable for truffle growing<br />

are quite specific. <strong>Soil</strong> texture, structure and<br />

natural drainage must meet very tightly defined<br />

standards to produce high-quality truffles.<br />

38-40F is the optimum temperature for when<br />

truffles start to grow. In the continental south,<br />

these temperatures may not be particularly<br />

difficult to achieve, yet higher up in the UK<br />

and Nordics, the slot for truffle farming may be<br />

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Case<br />

Study<br />

extremely short. Using technology that measures<br />

the temperature of the soil at different depths,<br />

farmers can record their soil’s history over time<br />

and understand the optimal growing seasons.<br />

Likewise for moisture, having the ability<br />

to control when you irrigate can mean the<br />

difference between harvesting a crop or not.<br />

The system design of your irrigation should<br />

specifically allow for the dynamic and changing<br />

needs of the truffle trees as they mature.<br />

By using a soil moisture sensor, farmers can<br />

pinpoint exactly when and where they need to<br />

irrigate and in real-time. The added benefit of<br />

a buried wireless sensor is that farmers can see<br />

and control the moisture temperature in remote<br />

locations without needing to physically attend<br />

the growing site.<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> aeration<br />

The control of moisture and air content<br />

down to 30 cm is really important for growing<br />

truffles. Since truffles are living and breathing<br />

organisms, they need oxygen while being able<br />

to exhaust carbon dioxide. Optimal irrigation<br />

leaves soil pore space open for gas exchange<br />

(instead of filling it with water). Maintaining a<br />

balance between moisture and air is a significant<br />

challenge that <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> and SubAir Systems<br />

are solving together.<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>’s sensor transmits moisture,<br />

temperature, and salinity data in real-time from<br />

up to 2 metres below the surface, while SubAir’s<br />

subsurface aeration and moisture removal units<br />

guarantee ideal conditions by automatically<br />

adjusting the moisture levels of the soil<br />

according to live, real-time soil conditions. In a<br />

sudden downpour, the vacuum systems activate<br />

to eliminate excess moisture in the soil profile,<br />

with 36x faster drainage than natural drainage<br />

alone.<br />

Digital measurements are key with<br />

climate change<br />

Climate change means that growing seasons<br />

will be different in the future compared to the<br />

past and that weather will vary more from<br />

year to year than before. What’s more, truffle<br />

growing is a long-term endeavour; therefore,<br />

the changing weather must be considered when<br />

selecting a suitable site, and technology can<br />

be adapted to track these long trends so that<br />

we can better predict how to deal with certain<br />

outcomes in the future. For example, if a farm<br />

is to produce for 30-40 years; what will the<br />

temperature and rainfall patterns be in 2050?<br />

With technology, you can follow and predict<br />

these patterns and then reproduce the most<br />

favourable conditions.<br />

The more accurate and optimal truffle farms<br />

can change and fine-tune their operations with<br />

information from soils, the better off truffle<br />

farms will be. Since establishing truffle farms<br />

in the 1970s, the climate and practices have<br />

changed significantly – don’t stay in the past,<br />

unlock the true potential of your soil today with<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>.<br />

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<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> around the<br />

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Czech Republic<br />

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GREECE<br />

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GreenSight<br />

12 Channel Street, Suite 605, Boston, MA<br />

02210, USA<br />

Phone: +1 (844) 484-7336, +1 (774)-244-2630<br />

Email: info@greensightag.com<br />

jvb@greensightag.com<br />


World Sports Solutions<br />

International<br />

4652 Eagle Falls Place, Tampa, Florida,<br />

33619<br />

Phone: +1 858 699-3061<br />

Email: michael@worldsportsusa.com<br />


Rigby Taylor Ltd<br />

1-3 Freeman Court, Jarman Way, Royston,<br />

Hertfordshire SG 5HW<br />

Phone: 0800 424919<br />

Email: sales@rigbytaylor.com<br />


Turf Lighting Solutions (TLS)<br />

Fabrikkveien 11, 4033 Stavanger, Norway<br />

Tel: +47 51 81 97 50<br />

Phone UK: +44 7562 994399<br />

Email: post@ra-tls.com<br />

soilscout.com/contact-us<br />

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Meet the <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> Team<br />


Adam Sedgwick<br />

VP International Sales<br />

adam.sedgwick@soilscout.com<br />

Mobile: +44 7949 429360 (UK)<br />

Tommi Tienhaara<br />

Sales Executive<br />

tommi.tienhaara@soilscout.com<br />

Mobile: +358 40 5001792 (Finland)<br />

Jalmari Talola<br />

CEO<br />

jalmari.talola@soilscout.com<br />

Mobile: +358 40 820 1709 (Finland)<br />

Nick Durkin<br />

Sales & Sports Turf Specialist<br />

nick.durkin@soilscout.com<br />

Mobile: +44 7538 301753 (UK)<br />

Lily Nuttall<br />

Agriculture Sales Specialist<br />

lily.nuttall@soilscout.com<br />

Mobile: +44 7860 833710 (UK)<br />

Johannes Tiusanen<br />

Chief Science Officer<br />

johannes.tiusanen@soilscout.com<br />

Mobile: +358 44 3659799 (Finland)<br />

Miiro Jääskeläinen<br />

Underground Weatherman / Agronomist<br />

miiro.jaaskelainen@soilscout.com<br />

Mobile: +358 40 7449263 (Finland)<br />

Jussi Sirkiä<br />

Chief Technology Officer<br />

jussi.sirkia@soilscout.com<br />

Mobile: +358 40 7242532 (Finland)<br />

Bahman Doaeian<br />

Regional Growth Manager<br />

bahman.doaeian@soilscout.com<br />

Mobile: +358 45 3499400 (Finland)<br />

Heikki Huhtanen<br />

Software Developer<br />

heikki.huhtanen@soilscout.com<br />

Mobile: +358 40 8418725 (Finland)<br />

soilscout.com/contact-us<br />

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<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong><br />

Technical<br />

FAQ<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>'s Chief Science Officer, Johannes Tiusanen answers your<br />

most frequently asked questions. You can find more FAQ's<br />

on the <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> website at: www.soilscout.com/faq<br />


How deep should I measure, and why two depths?<br />

One sensor gives just one number, but<br />

different depths reveal gradients and<br />

delays.<br />

<strong>Sensor</strong>s at different depths will show<br />

you, that moisture is not evenly<br />

distributed in different depth layers, and the<br />

gradient is constantly changing. For example rain<br />

or irrigation can cause fully wetted topsoil, but<br />

not reach the root zone. In a more permeable<br />

spot the same amount of water may flow through<br />

the topsoil, producing an optimal root zone<br />

moisture while still appearing very dry on the<br />

surface.<br />

The water infiltration speed is another important<br />

factor, which can be observed as a delay in the<br />

wettening of shallow sensors to the wettening of<br />

the deeper ones. In some parts of a field water<br />

penetrates soil quickly, while others take time.<br />

These observations reveal soil structure: water<br />

infiltration speed, compaction, plow pan, etc.<br />

Choice of depths depend on practical things<br />

like crop rooting depth, tillage methods and<br />

irrigation, etc.<br />

Many of our customers have sensors in the<br />

tillage zone, pick them out for field work and put<br />

back right after.<br />

1. First shallow sensor (5-15 cm) gives fast<br />

indication of where conditions are heading<br />

2. Second sensor at essential root depth<br />

indicate plant available water<br />

3. Typical root zone depth for cereals is 30<br />

cm, root vegetables go deeper, strawberries<br />

stay shallow<br />

At what depth would you like to have the<br />

sensors? What depths are you interested in? Get<br />

in contact with us, and we'll work it out together.<br />

Founding Father<br />

By Johannes Tiusanen<br />

Chief Science Officer<br />

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