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Bob Coates Joins Jain Irrigation, Inc. as Director of Technology Product Management

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Jain Irrigation, Inc. announced Bob Coates’ appointment to the position of Director of Technology Product Management. As Director of Technology Product Management, Bob will focus on working with our technical, sales, and marketing teams to establish product strategies and future direction for both hardware and software, ensuring a focus on easy-to-use products and comprehensive solutions that deliver the most crop per drop for our growers. He will work across and with all of our irrigation companies.

Bob has over 15 years of experience in Ag Technology, focusing on Product Development and Engineering. He spent the last 3+ years at WaterBit as a Product Director and a Principal Design Engineer. Bob was instrumental in driving the technical direction for WaterBit’s microblock irrigation and ranch automation products in these roles.

Before WaterBit, Bob co-founded SenseTerra, a startup developing low-cost technology for outdoor wireless monitoring and control. Bob also spent 14 years with UC Davis as an engineer developing solutions for precision irrigation, fertigation, and soil fumigation in agriculture.

Aric Olson, President of Jain Irrigation, Inc., comments, “Bob Coates has expert-level knowledge of precision agriculture and specifically in the remote irrigation control and monitoring space. He is a great addition to our team of technology experts, and we look forward to his contributions to growing our agriculture and irrigation technology leadership.”

Bob earned a B.S. and M.S. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from the University of California, Davis.

Jain is a fully integrated global agriculture company and recognized by Harvard Business to be one of five global sustainability champions. Jain offers a full complement of irrigation equipment, from pump automation and irrigation system monitoring to irrigation tubing, fittings, and drip emitters. They also provide personalized water management services to help growers understand and derive maximum value from their automation investment. Jain leads crop science research globally across a variety of food crops and is staffed with some of the world’s leading agricultural research scientists. They research, educate, advance, manufacture, finance, propagate plants, and purchase produce for processing, all to fulfill the Jain mission:

“Leave This World Better Than You Found It”



  • Richard Pfaff ,

    Congratulations, to Bob Coates. Outstanding resume/qualifications, experience. He and Jain should be a perfect fit.
    Best wishes in their endeavors.
    Richard Pfaff, San Jose

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