Grad startup’s fertigation company receives funding

Industry Communications: Summer 2022

Jackson Stansell stands in a corn field.
Jackson Stansell

Sentinel Fertigation, a technology company headed by former agricultural engineering student Jackson Stansell, was recently profiled by SPN (a publication of the AIM Institute) for receiving close to $1.2 million in initial funding needed to complete software development and move the company forward as it aims to improve the crop fertigation process.

Stansell’s pursuit of a master’s degree in agricultural engineering at UNL led to the software and management framework N-Time FMS, a fertigation platform offered by Sentinel Fertigation. Through Stansell’s master’s work, he optimized the framework by using aerial imagery to time fertigation applications and developed software to facilitate framework execution, making it easier for growers to improve their bottom line and reduce the environmental impact.

According to the SNP article, investors include Invest Nebraska, Burlington Capital Ag-Venture, Nebraska Angels, and Proven Ventures along with several angel investors from across the U.S. Sentinel Fertigation, which is located at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln, intends to work with farmers across the Midwest in a paid pilot program this summer.

Funding from the seed round will be used to complete software development, including enhancement of N-Time software features, as well as execute initial imagery contracts and build a team of implementation specialists and software engineers, and increase the crop and geographic coverage of Sentinel Fertigation.