Accuracy in all soils
without calibration.

Better decisions.

The portable, wireless, durable, easy-to-use tool that provides greater insight...so you can make better decisions about managing your turf.

POGO hardware is the foundation of the POGO system. After all, you can’t produce the kind of scientific insight you need without a truly special sensor to collect highly precise data.

All POGO hardware is based on a patented soil sensor called HydraProbe™.

The HydraProbe is the most scientifically researched soil sensor in the world.

The Patented POGO Sensor

Both the POGO Pro and POGO mini have a patented sensor that has been depended on by the USDA, NOAA, leading irrigation companies, and many universities for over 20 years.

MOISTURE

SALINITY (EC)

CANOPY TEMPERATURE

SALINITY INDEX

Measures and analyzes 4 parameters simultaneously.

POGO measures ALL 4 of the most influential variables governing turf performance. It’s the interaction of these 4 parameters which gives the accuracy of POGO’s prescriptions. For instance, low moisture content doesn’t necessarily mean water should be applied.

Unique technology.

The sensor is based on a unique technology called “Coaxial Impedance Dielectric Reflectometry“, which ensures the absolute moisture reading is accurate at salinity level, and in any soil without needing to calibrate it for each soil mix on every green. 

Durability to last.

The strong 3.18mm (1/8”) diameter stainless steel tines are built to withstand the rigors of everyday use in turfgrass systems, resisting bending and breaks through thousands of insertions while maintaining precision and accuracy.

Higher precision by design. Thank you, science!

The predominant moisture and salinity exchange within the rootzone of all types of turf systems occurs in the top 2”to 2.5”* (5.5cm to 6cm). The short tines measure only this depth, which maximizes precision.

Higher precision means better decisions.

Is "good enough" good enough for your property?

Historically soil sensors based on TDR (Time Domain Reflectometry) sensor technology have been popular for measuring soil moisture, primarily because they are inexpensive and the accuracy is “good enough”. However, the accuracy of their moisture measurements is greatly influenced by temperature, soil composition and especially EC (electrical conductivity).

TDR sensors commonly state their moisture accuracy only below a certain level of electrical conductivity. Even then, the moisture accuracy spec is assuming calibration for that specific soil composition (which can vary greatly from green to green, and even within a green).

The problem with TDR probes

Calibrating a TDR probe for each location where it’s used is not practical, so virtually no one using them (for measuring turf conditions) does it. This means one is making decisions about watering, fertilizing or cultural practices based on measurements that may be quite different than actual values.

Several peer-reviewed scientific papers have been written about the effects of salinity on TDR sensors and their accuracy at measuring across different soils.

A recent USGA Research Update stated that “when using TDR sensors at different salinity levels, the sensors need separate calibration if the absolute soil moisture value is of interest.”

In the Soil Science Society of America Journal (2013), Benor, Michael & Levy, Guy & Mishael, Yael & Nadler, Arie. wrote “users of the TDR 300 are advised to expect increasingly severe deviations in VWC (volumetric water content) from true values for clayey, saline, and wet soils having wide variations in temperature”.

In Soil Survey Horizons (2004), Caverzasi, M.T. & Brevik, Eric & L. Grable, Judith concluded that “the strength of the relationship between TDR values and soil water content can vary considerably from one soil to the next” and added that a TDR sensor “may not be appropriate for use in these soils if a high degree of water content accuracy is essential”.

POGO provides better accuracy, in all conditions, without calibration.

The unique, patented sensor in a POGO does not require any calibration for different soils in order to provide moisture content accuracy of ±1% in virtually any soil, with any salinity level and at any temperature.

If making the very best decisions and optimizing water and fertilizer use are important to you, you need a POGO.

Pro-Grade GPS Receiver

The GPS receiver integrated into the POGO Pro and Pro+ is the most precise available without going to $5,000+ survey-class equipment. It’s accurate to within 1 m (3 ft.)

The GPS receiver in your smartphone is only accurate to within 4.9 m (16 ft.)

Measures the right depth.
Based on science.

Regardless of rootzone material or depth, root depth or turf type, more than 85% of all moisture and salinity activity occurs in the bulk upper 5.5cm to 6cm (2″ to 2.5″).

Measuring beyond this depth dilutes the measurement with values that don’t represent the zone of predominant activity. Measuring less than this depth misses the full story. 

Measuring only this depth maximizes precision.

The POGO Hardware Family

POGO Pro+

Our top model. The same basic design as the original, but smarter and more refined. Measures soil temperature at custom depths, and includes an ergonomic extension handle.

  • Part of a system that captures analyzes and provides instant feedback about the holistic condition of your turf.
  • Records precise location with an integrated GPS receiver
  • Syncs data with the powerful POGO Cloud software.

POGO Pro

The original design. Still highly portable, durable and simple to operate. Now with Bluetooth wireless and a new app.

  • Part of a system that captures analyzes and provides instant feedback about the holistic condition of your turf.
  • Records precise location with an integrated GPS receiver
  • Syncs data with the powerful POGO Cloud software.

POGO mini

The little brother. A standalone tool that’s a perfect complement to an existing POGO system. 

Perfect for spot-checking moisture, salinity and canopy temperature. Less than the cost of a typical TDR-based probe.

Compare Models

Feature POGO mini POGO Pro POGO Pro+
Uses a patented sensor that achieves very high precision without needing calibration.
Measures soil moisture, EC and surface temperature of the turf.
Measures soil temperature at different depths. OPTION
Interact with the hardware via your wirelessly-connected Apple or Android smartphone or tablet and the included free TurfPro Mobile app.
Rechargeable batteries will typically last (with heavy use): 1 DAY 1 DAY 3-4 DAYS
Logs captured data for later analysis and trend reporting.
Includes a pro-quality GPS to record precise location with every sample, permitting geospatial presentation of data (i.e. on a satellite map).
Syncs all recorded data with powerful TurfPro Cloud web-based analysis software, for detailed reports, analysis and prescriptions.
Includes an adjustable, ergonomic extension handle to make it easier to insert and remove. OPTION