Lumo’s smart irrigation system helps California wine growers

Vineyards benefit from Lumo's smart irrigation system.
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January 9, 2024 — Devon Wright, an entrepreneur and the brain behind LumoOpens in a new tab., was inspired by his own experiences to tackle a global challenge: water scarcity. Growing up in Canada, a country rich in fresh water, Wright initially didn’t grasp the severity of water scarcity faced by much of the world. His real awakening came after purchasing a property in Northern California in 2017. Here, he started an orchard, but soon faced a crisis due to over-irrigation, which resulted in his well running dry.

Dismayed by the absence of efficient water management tools in agriculture, Wright questioned why the advancements seen in home automation hadn’t been applied to irrigation. His inquiries revealed that many local growers were still reliant on outdated, manual irrigation methods. This not only wasted time and labor but also lacked precision in water usage. The challenges were compounded by unpredictable weather and droughts, making irrigation a source of significant stress for farmers.

Positive Feedback.

To address these issues, Wright founded Lumo. The company’s flagship product, Lumo’s smart valve, revolutionizes irrigation by allowing precise control and measurement of water usage. This technology aims to reduce water waste and simplify irrigation management, benefiting growers in terms of time, money, and water conservation.┬áLumo’s impact was evident when its first smart irrigation valve, Lumo One, was tested by top growers in California last summerOpens in a new tab., including prominent vineyards like Treasury Wine Estates and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. The feedback was highly positive, confirming the benefits of smarter irrigation methods.

Lumo’s technology has extended its influence beyond water conservation. Growers have noted significant savings in labor and energy costs. The system provides detailed insights into water distribution and the performance of irrigation infrastructure, allowing early detection and prevention of issues such as leaks or equipment malfunctions. This operational efficiency and the positive feedback from over 90% of its users have encouraged Lumo to expand its services, leading to the announcement of their 2024 pre-order program for growers in Napa and Sonoma.

2024 Pre-Order Status Announced.

Lumo is now inviting pre-orders for its 2024 Lumo One smart valves. Those who pre-order can enjoy several benefits, including guaranteed inventory, priority installation dates, a 25% discount for full deployment across ranches or vineyards, and a flexible payment and opt-out policy. Interested parties can find more information and register for pre-orders at Lumo’s 2024 Pre-Order Access.

Deborah

Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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