NEWA Agricultural Modeling with HOBO Weather Stations

What is NEWA?

The Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA) is a collection of agricultural decision support tools that use real-time weather data. NEWA is part of the New York State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program at Cornell University. NEWA tools have been developed by agricultural commodity researchers and cooperative extension specialists, using published research and on-the-ground expertise throughout its 24-state network.

Disease risk and insect pest forecasts are available for a variety of crops, including:

  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet corn
Map of NEWA partners and grower partners
NEWA partner states (green) and states with individual grower partners (blue).

NEWA Modeling and HOBO Weather Stations

Combining research-grade HOBO weather stations with NEWA’s forecasting data provides access to microclimate monitoring data as well as integrated crop models.

The NEWA network offers:

  • Plant disease models
  • Insect pest development models
  • Crop production models
  • Free access in member states

HOBO RX3000 Weather Station offers:

  • Reliable weather monitoring with low-cost data plans
  • Alarm notifications via text
  • 24/7 data access via HOBOlink
NEWA Weather Station Kit

HOBO Weather Station Kit

Onset and NEWA recommend the Basic Cellular Kit configuration for growers looking to establish a data feed to the NEWA network.

Items 1 through 7 in the Basic Cellular Kit are required in order to be compatible with NEWA models. A tripod kit is optional, but is recommended if you don't have an existing setup. Soil sensors are also optional, but useful. Quantities can be added or removed from the cart.

Download the NEWA Quick Start Guide

Need Wider Coverage?

If you have a wider coverage area, wireless field monitoring through Onset’s HOBOnet Field Monitoring System may be the best option for your farm.

  • Connect up to 50 wireless sensors
  • 900 MHz wireless mesh technology
  • 600m line-of-sight range

Basic Cellular Kit

Starting at
$0 USD

(Ethernet and Wi-Fi options are available, contact Onset sales for more information)

Includes (one of each)

1. RX3004 Data Logger & Service Plan
2. 5W Solar Panel
3. Leaf Wetness Sensor
4. Temp/RH Sensor with Radiation Shield
5. Rain Gauge
6. Solar Radiation Sensor & Bracket
7. Wind Speed & Direction Sensor
You may also need:
Tripod Kit
Soil Moisture Sensor
Soil Temperature Sensor
Frequently Asked Questions
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Is there a weather station configuration that represents what I need for my farm?

We do have a very basic weather station recommendation, but our systems are highly configurable and our sales team is happy to work with you to configure a system that’s ideal for your farm. For example, we would want to consider wireless sensors to help map true temperature of apple trees on an orchard, or detect potential freeze points for bogs. We can also leverage these wireless sensors to provide soil moisture mapping throughout a berry farm.

How is soil moisture data factored into the NEWA disease models?

Currently it is not. However, NEWA does allow you to display your soil moisture data in its interface, and of course you can always access it through to view, alarm, or export this information.

Why would I need to know the soil moisture on my farm if it is not used in the NEWA models?

Soil moisture data can help you determine the ideal time for seeding and planting. It can also assist in cases where you may have varying landscapes and irrigation management is critical to optimal production.

The default station you recommend is cellular. Can I use Wi-Fi or Ethernet?

Absolutely. If the location where you’re deploying your station is Wi-Fi or Ethernet-enabled, these devices in our HOBO RX3000 family are ideal and offer the benefit of not having the annual data plan charge associated with a cellular system. While we keep our data plans affordable, it is nice to have the investment complete at the time of purchase. For Wi-Fi, it’s important to be absolutely certain about the strength of the signal at the barn, or wherever your station is deployed.

For my cellular weather station, which data plan should I choose?

That depends mostly on how frequently you want to get your data. If you are working on a near-real-time basis, then the SP-812 Basic plan, which offers one-hour uploads, should suffice. If you want your data more frequently or are using more than 20 sensors with your system, then we’d recommend our SP-814 Standard plan, or the SP-816 Premium plan for really large wireless sensor systems.