Plant Science at IronOx
Every Iron Ox facility uses robotics and artificial intelligence to ensure each individual plant receives the optimal levels of sunshine, water, and nutrients. This precision towards our inputs also leads to vastly less waste at every stage of the process. The data we continually collect from our plants is used to constantly refine our process, improving plant quality and quantity, while reducing environmental impacts.
Our unique approach to precision farming not only uses less water, less energy, and emits less CO2, it also enhances the quality of the food we produce. Our process allows us to grow exactly what’s needed, eliminate waste, and build an environmentally sustainable food supply.
Our data models have enabled us to better estimate our crop yields, so we can schedule our harvest more precisely, and deliver exactly what’s been ordered. This leads directly to less waste: we ship exactly what’s needed, where it’s needed.
By tracking precise levels of nutrients, water levels, temperature, and humidity, we are continually learning how to improve the yield of each plant. These efficiency gains allows our smaller greenhouses to vastly outperform a field farm – and we’ll keep getting better.
Our own data showed us ways to reduce the amount of time plants needed to spend in their initial growth phase (called ‘propagation’). This means we can grow and harvest faster, increasing overall efficiency.
“Humanity’s most important pursuit is to reverse global warming. To get there, we can’t settle for incrementally more sustainable agriculture or carbon-neutral farms. We won’t stop until the global agriculture sector is carbon negative.”
– Brandon Alexander
Iron Ox CEO & Co-Founder
The workhorse and backbone of our greenhouse automation system, Grover autonomously navigates through our greenhouses to move the plant-growing modules to wherever they need to be, whether for new plants, sunlight, nutrition, water, or harvesting.
Learn more about Grover here.
The second member of our robotic greenhouse crew, our filling robot is designed to deliver and monitor each module’s water, nutrient mix, and pH levels with speed and precision. Working in tandem and contact-free with Grover, this robot is a key part of our growing system that enables our plant scientists to analyze data from thousands of modules to optimize plant yield, expand growth cycles, and maximize crop quality.
Learn more about our filling robot here.
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