L CAJON, Calif. — Toro announces the release of the Evolution AG irrigation controller. Built on the award-winning Evolution platform, the Evolution AG Toro EvolutionAGis a simple, intuitive and economical controller that gives agricultural and horticultural growers the features they need to best manage water usage and other inputs.

The Evolution AG was developed to fit the everyday needs of growers, and features programming designed specifically for agricultural and horticultural applications. This includes the ability for the grower to control the opening and closing of irrigation and fertigation valves reliably at any determined schedule. Simple to program, the Evolution AG can be set to water, mist or both in seconds, minutes or hours.

Other innovative features of the Evolution AG controller include:

  • Flexible programming with valve runtimes from 1 second to 24 hours
  • Fertilizer injection program that manages up to two fertilizer pumps
  • Pulse irrigation for difficult soils and subsurface drip irrigation (SDI)
  • Easy to use and simple to program
  • Ability to run up to four valves at once
  • Looping programs
  • Modular expansion: 4, 8, 12, and 16 valves
  • Simple English/Spanish toggle

The Evolution AG controller offers simple programming with the higher level features appearing in a separate ‘advanced’ menu. A built-in USB port enables firmware upgrades, as well as the ability to save, load and transfer programs. The Evolution AG is backed by a Toro 5-year warranty and customer direct access to technical support."Our agricultural customers were clear that they needed a moderately priced controller that used familiar ag terminology, was easy to program and performed the basic functions of watering and fertilizing," says Fred Harned, product manager for Toro Micro-Irrigation. "Additionally, our horticultural customers requested a controller that could perform both watering and misting for cooling or propagation. We believe the Evolution AG meets these needs and more. It’s simple, basic, reliable and grower oriented."