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Be Your Own Weatherman for Your Farm

December 28, 2010
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Director of Content Development, Machinery Pete

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In episode 9 of Corn College TV, Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferries explains how you can put weather data collection technology to work on your farm.

"Technology has changed with a greater and easier ability to collect weather data in a more accurate and cheaper way," he says. "From weather online to using a base weather station to record wind direction, speed, temp, humidity, rainfall and report on hour to half hour basis the possibilities for your to be your own weatherman have grown."

episode9 farmerstoolboxweatherstationsFerrie says the information can be helpful in making crop production decisions in spraying, scouting and more.  

"Now you can remotely monitor weather in the field for individual fields," he says. "We have systems that we go out once a month to collect data and download. This allows us to know exactly what the conditions were in the field."

And the technology has grown to offer in-the-ground-probes tomonitor soil temperature and soil moisture.

Learn more about how Ferrie puts these technology tools to work in episode 9 of Corn College TV.

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