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Data on Touch Weather Stations


As many of you know, we have been installing weather stations across our trade territory, primarily for our Data on Touch program that calculates soil Nitrogen (N) levels and provides N recommendations.  So far we have 29 stations installed, and plan to install many more this year.  While we at United Prairie, the academic community, and those who observe the agricultural industry are all very excited about viewing our weather station’s data, we have decided to do our community a service and allow them to be publicly accessible instead of keeping all of the information private in our Data on Touch program.  You can find local rain totals, wind speed and soil temperature and moisture information from all of our stations easily online. 

If you just want to have handy access to our weather station information, you can download the Davis WeatherLink App on your smart phone.  To add stations, press the plus sign at the bottom left hand corner of the screen, and another screen will open where you can add/delete stations.  To add a station, press the plus sign at the top left of this screen and enter the name of the town near where you would like to locate stations.  All of the available stations will show up and you can simply click on each one to add it to your list of favorites.  You can add as many as you like.  All of our stations are labelled United Prairie/Grower Name, where the grower name is the cooperator who has allowed us to install a station in their field or property.  If you want to delete a station, just hit the red arrow to the left of the name and hit “delete”.

Once you have a station selected, you can go back to the main screen.  At the top you can scroll through and select which station you would like to view from your list of favorites.  Normal weather information that you would expect is listed like temperature, wind speed/direction, rainfall and humidity.  If you keep scrolling down you will find Soil 1-4 and Temps 1-4.  These tell you the soil moisture and temperature at the 2,5,10, and 15 inch levels.  To interpret moisture, the lower the cb (centibar) number, the wetter the ground is; 0 is total saturation, and 200 is bone dry.  You can also swipe to the right and find the highs and lows of all of these sensors for the day, month, and year.

If you don’t have a smart phone and still would like to view the weather station information, you can go to www.weatherlink.com/map and zoom in on the Champaign area and see where all of the weather stations are located.  Once you click on a dot to highlight it, you can click again on the station name to open up the page and see more information.  If you go to the top of the page and click on “summary” you can see the highs/lows of the day and all of the soil probe information that was mentioned above.

Of course weather information is just one part of our Data on Touch program, we encourage you to observe weather data and soil temperature information as we feel there is a lot we can learn about our fields, both above and below the ground.  If your interest is piqued, we encourage you to get signed up for our Data on Touch program and app where you will gain access to a much more robust platform that allows access to our Nitrogen Model, the ability to query historical weather information, access all of your soil test maps, account information, and scouting reports.  While the Data on Touch program is free to most our customers, we do have a couple of minimum requirements to qualify.  We will be showing you highlights from Data on Touch in the weeks to come.

If you have any questions about our weather stations, or Data on Touch, please contact Aaron Grote by email at agrote@unitedprairie.com or at the main office at (217) 485-6000.

Below is a map of all of our weather stations to date.

 

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