Weather at Your Fingertips
We have enjoyed perhaps the smoothest fall any of us can remember. It’s great to have a year every once in awhile when everything goes according to plan.
We’ve been keeping you informed on the network of weather stations we’re installing in a five-square-mile grid pattern throughout our trade area. Presently, we have 20 stations in place and plan to put in another five before the weather turns this fall. Besides the standard air temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, rainfall, wind speed and direction, these stations are also outfitted with soil temperature and soil moisture probes at four different depths.
The data these stations will generate will be useful in monitoring soil temperature for planting and in NH3 application planning. Best of all, this data can be accessed by anyone, anywhere, with the help of the WeatherLink® app. Detailed instructions on how to download and use the WeatherLink app, along with more information on our weather stations, can be found in this article.
All the Innovation Farm and side-by-side plots have been harvested, and now I’m analyzing the second harvest—all the data these plots generated. The results were very interesting, as we saw some definite trends as well as some treatments that rose above the averages. I am in the process of putting all of this information into a comprehensive booklet that will be available to you in the near future. This will be an excellent tool to aid you in your production decisions.
I will be discussing all of our data from 2015 at our annual winter meeting, held this year on Jan. 5 at the I-Hotel in Champaign. In addition, we will also have breakout sessions featuring our new Data On Touch program and Dr. Fred Below with the University of Illinois.
Mark Jan. 5 on your calendar now and watch for details to follow.