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 easy-to-deploy, rugged 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 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

NEWA-approved
HOBO Cellular Weather Station Kit

This configuration is recommended for growers looking to establish a data feed to the NEWA network.

Items 1 through 6 are required in order to be compatible with NEWA models. If you don't have an existing setup, tripod mounting kits are available. Soil moisture and temperature sensors are optional. Quantities can be adjusted up or down from the cart.  

Ethernet and Wi-Fi options are available. 

If you need help configuring a custom solution, please contact Onset Sales at 508-759-9500 or 1-800-564-4377 (in US).

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

Meet HOBOnet

NEWA Recommended Starter Kit

Starting at
$0 USD

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

Includes (one of each)

1. RX2102 Data Logger & Service Plan
RX2100
MicroRX Station
The compact and rugged HOBO MicroRX Station is an easy-to-deploy, low-cost cellular solution for long-term, reliable field monitoring. Two power source options are available: a solar panel for extended deployments, and user-replaceable batteries for flexible mounting in covered or protected locations. The station includes inputs for up to five of Onset’s research-grade plug-and-play sensors, and can be ordered with an additional water level sensor input with integrated flow conversion...

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2. Leaf Wetness Sensor
S-LWA-M003
Leaf Wetness Smart
The Leaf Wetness Smart Sensor provides accurate leaf wetness data in a number of growing and research applications. The sensor is ready to use and does not require any painting or coating. It uses a capacitive grid that is less sensitive to surface residues than resistive grid-based sensors, and comes preconditioned for consistent measurements between sensors and for long-term stability...

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3. Temp/RH Sensor with Radiation Shield
S-THB-M002
12-bit Temperature/Relative Humidity (2m cable) Smart
The 12-bit Temperature/Relative Humidity Smart Sensor is designed to work with all Onset data loggers that accept Smart Sensors. All sensor parameters are stored inside the Smart Sensor, which automatically communicates configuration data information to the logger without any programming, calibration, or extensive user setup.

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RS3-B
Solar Radiation Shield
Use the RS3-B Solar Radiation Shield with HOBO external sensors for improved temperature measurement accuracy in locations exposed to sunlight. The small size and unobstructed airflow of this shield provides a faster response to changing conditions than larger radiation shields. The RS3-B Solar Radiation Shield works with most of Onset’s external temperature and temperature/relative humidity sensors, including those for our award-winning HOBO Weather Station products...

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4. Solar Radiation Sensor & Bracket
S-LIB-M003
Solar Radiation (Silicon Pyranometer) Smart
Effectively measure light levels with this silicon pyranometer sensor. The Solar Radiation Smart Sensor enables rapid deployment. Since HOBO data loggers recognize this sensor, no complicated programming or setup is required. This product offers a measurement range of 0 to 1280 W/m2 over a spectral range of 300 to 1100 nm. A measurement averaging mode is available.

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M-LBB
Light Sensor Bracket
The light sensor bracket is designed for use with tripods, masts, or flat surfaces. Use to avoid obstructions and shadows that could affect your PAR or solar radiation measurements. Includes leveling screws.

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5. Wind Speed & Direction Sensor
S-WCF-M003
Davis® Wind Speed and Direction Smart
Davis® Wind Speed/Direction Smart Sensors are compatible with all HOBO weather station loggers, HOBOware, and HOBOlink. They offer the same ease-of-use as existing Onset Smart Sensors, providing cost-effective HOBO weather stations for projects on a tight budget. The sensors feature a plug-in modular connector for easy installation, and all configuration parameters are stored in the sensor and automatically communicated to the logger, eliminating the need for programming or extensive setup...

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6. Rain Gauge
S-RGA-M002
0.01" Rain Gauge (2m cable) Smart
This Rain Gauge Smart Sensor measures rainfall with intensity up to five inches per hour with a resolution of 0.01 inch, and 1% accuracy for rainfall rates up to 1"/hour. The tipping bucket mechanism is mounted on a stainless steel shaft with brass bearings. This model includes a 2m cable.

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S-RGE-M002
Davis® 0.01" Rain Gauge Smart
Davis® Rain Gauge Smart Sensors are compatible with all HOBO weather station loggers, HOBOware, and HOBOlink. They offer the same ease-of-use as existing Onset Smart Sensors, providing cost-effective HOBO weather stations for projects on a tight budget. The sensors feature a plug-in modular connector for easy installation, and all configuration parameters are stored in the sensor and automatically communicated to the logger, eliminating the need for programming or extensive setup...

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You may also need:
Mounting Options
Soil Moisture Sensor
Soil Temperature Sensor
Light Sensor Level
 
Frequently Asked Questions
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Is there a weather station configuration that represents what I need for my farm?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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Absolutely. If the location where you are deploying your station is Wi-Fi or Ethernet-enabled, HOBO RX weather stations 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?

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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, where available, with backward capability for 2G and 3G coverage.