Sentinel Fertigation announces $1.2 million in seed funding from Invest Nebraska, others

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Sentinel Fertigation, an ag tech company founded by UNL graduate student Jackson Stansell, has received $1.2 million in seed funding to make a precision fertigation platform Stansell developed during the course of his research commercially available to crop producers.
May 26, 2022

Lincoln, Neb. — Sentinel Fertigation, a technology company that has developed a platform to quantify nitrogen status in crops to anticipate fertigation needs, announces the close to an initial seed fund. The fundraising round includes investors from Invest Nebraska, Burlington Capital Ag-Venture, Nebraska Angels, Proven Ventures, and several angel investors across the nation. 

The funding will be utilized to complete software development, execute initial imagery contracts, and forge partnerships that will significantly enhance the N-Time software features. The funds will also be used to build an outstanding team of implementation specialists and software engineers and increase the crop and geography coverage of Sentinel Fertigation.

Sentinel Fertigation was founded by CEO Jackson Stansell. Stansell came to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln to pursue a master’s in agricultural engineering and help contribute solutions to the nitrogen management challenges producers face. Through his master’s work, he optimized a framework for using imagery of the crop canopy to time fertigation applications. He developed software to facilitate framework execution, ultimately making it accessible to growers and their trusted advisors to improve their bottom line and reduce their environmental impact. This software and management framework is now N-Time™ FMS, the fertigation management web application platform offered by Sentinel Fertigation. 

“Jackson Stansell leading Sentinel Fertigation is a perfect example of Nebraska entrepreneurs developing solutions that help farmers across the Midwest. The market is prime for a solution like this right now and we're bullish on what Jackson can accomplish and learn this growing season,” stated Nebraska Angels Executive Director, Stephanie Luebbe. 

Sentinel Fertigation will be working with farmers across the Midwest in a paid pilot program this summer. 

“Sentinel Fertigation provides a win-win solution that ultimately allows farmers to increase their yield per unit of applied nitrogen and enhance their environmental sustainability,” said Stansell. “I am grateful for each of our investors and their support in our efforts to bring N-Time™ FMS to farmers and their trusted advisors. Our paid pilot program this summer is the first step to our system making a significant impact at scale. I am excited about the team we have begun assembling and working with them to make Sentinel the leader in fertigation management.” 

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