2023 - Volume #47, Issue #3, Page #17[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Affordable, Easy To Use Weather Station
“They wanted a solid tool that would last a long time and they didn’t have to think about,” says Monica Devlin, director of brands, with Kestrel.
The sturdy tripod design that secures into the ground is one mounting option. The weather station has an optional soil sensor array with three probes for soil temperature and moisture throughout the root zone. Above ground, the KestrelMet 6000 weather station gathers information about rainfall, wind speed and direction, relative humidity, temperature, and barometric pressure.
For accurate readings during intensive heat, a 24-hr. aspirated fan shields the temperature and humidity sensors, Devlin notes, which sets the KestrelMet apart from other weather stations.
Current measurements, historical data, and charts can be accessed on the AWN (Ambient Weather Network) app or website. Producers can access the cloud-based information anytime on a cell phone or laptop. The KestrelMet station offers Wi-Fi data transmission up to 1,000 ft. line of sight or a cellular version that comes with a data plan that is free for the first year. Alerts can be set regarding low moisture or specific weather conditions, for example.
“In addition to weather alerts for crop and field conditions, we heard from growers that they’re using temperature alerts to help their workers, which is an added benefit,” Devlin says.
The Wi-Fi unit starts at $999, and the cellular model starts at $1,299. There are also optional sensors for leaf wetness, solar irradiance, solar moisture, and soil temperature. The weather stations are powered by solar with a battery backup.
The KestrelMet 6000 can be purchased online through the company’s website. It’s shipped pre-configured for quick and easy installation.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, KestrelMet, 21 Creek Circle, Boothwyn, Penn. 19061 (ph 800-784-4221; email@example.com; www.kestrelmet.com).
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