San Francisco, Calif.-based Ketos, Inc. and Dramm Corporation have formed a strategic partnership to empower growers across the United States and Canada. Understanding the correlation between water quality and food safety, Dramm will use Ketos water monitoring solutions to provide growers with water data to help enhance crop yield, quality, and taste. Ketos empowers farmers with intelligence on crop tolerance by delivering insights on water quality fluctuations in deficiency and toxicity.
“With agriculture’s reliance on groundwater steadily rising, water quality and food safety must go hand-in-hand. Food quality and food safety needs to start at the source – the water used to grow the crops,” said Ketos CEO Meena Sankaran. “By partnering with Dramm to provide growers an easy way to actively monitor and measure possible water pollutants in real-time, Ketos is helping accelerate data-driven farming by providing actionable insights that can enhance crop yield. Ultimately, our common goal is to enable the delivery of safer food by creating a thriving food supply chain.”
According to USDA, agriculture accounts for approximately 80% of U.S. ground and surface water consumption. However, many growers do not know what is in the water they are using at any given moment. Dramm will use the Ketos Shield solution to proactively test and monitor for potential contaminants and verify the quality and safety of the irrigation water supply for its customers. Ketos provides continuous, lab-precision testing data and serves as an advanced warning system for growers if heavy-metal compounds or contaminants are present – including arsenic, boron, nitrates, and other elements that could diminish crop yield or pose a food security threat, the company said.
“Water is at the root of our agricultural ecosystem, and our growers are eager to verify the quality of their water more regularly,” said Dramm Executive Vice President Kurt Becker, stating that Ketos can monitor several water quality parameters like boron, arsenic, nitrates and manganese at once and at the sensitivity needed. “The solution is completely contained within a single system and doesn’t need our staff to get involved for maintenance.”
The initial phase of the partnership between Ketos and Dramm will focus on water quality solutions for horticulture, ornamentals, and greenhouse specialty crops. Dramm will test the Ketos Shield solution at various North American greenhouses. During these trials, Dramm will work with various facilities with vegetable, ornamental, and medicinal crops to identify the specific needs of these customers and showcase the impact that real-time water quality data can have on their crops. For more information, visit www.ketos.co or www.dramm.com.