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 HOBOlink.com 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 are deploying your station is Wi-Fi or Ethernet-enabled, HOBO RX weather stations are ideal. For Wi-Fi, it’s important to be completely certain about the strength of the signal at the barn, or wherever your station is deployed.
Which data plan should I choose?
That depends 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, then we would recommend our SP-814 Standard plan. These plans operate on 4G networks and require annual renewal.