Sensors and Weather Stations

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Showcasing technology demonstrations

2023 Season, Multi-partner activity

During the 2023 growing season, we set up 47 sensors, including weather stations, soil sensors, crop cameras, and insect monitoring stations across Innovation Farms to remotely monitor crops. These Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provide vital insights to inform sustainable and profitable crop production decisions from field to field, providing new perspectives on crop health and production throughout the season.

Using IoT sensors to monitor crop and soil health

Metos weather station and soil sensor
METOS® weather stations

Live and predictive information from the seven METOS® weather stations we have placed across Innovation Farms provide insight into disease forecasting, yield predictions, and local weather events that influence crop production.

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Sentek soil probes

With six Sentek soil probes deployed and active on the FieldClimate app, we can access instant readings of below-ground soil moisture, soil temperature, and volumetric ionic content at multiple depths within the rooting zone. These readings can be used to inform a producer of optimal moisture and temperature for sowing or the level of salinity in the soil.

CropVIEW® crop camera
CropVIEW® crop cameras

CropVIEW® crop cameras produce periodic high-resolution photos for remote monitoring of crop events such as emergence, the effects of in-field chemical applications, and disease or pest damage.

iSCOUT® insect trap
iSCOUT® insect traps

Using the iSCOUT® mobile app to monitor insect traps, we are able to identify specific insect species on the farm, with particular attention to the presence of diamondback moths and wheat midge, which can damage green canola tissue throughout the growing season.

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Ukko weather station

Live and predictive information from our Ukko weather station provides insight into weather (temperature, precipitation, and wind speed), crop growth stages, and incidents of disease to determine optimal spraying windows. 

This page is part of an archive of past activities. To learn more about EMILI's ongoing work to test and validate new technologies, demonstrate the productivity and sustainability of commercialized technologies, and accelerate the adoption of digital tools, visit Innovation Farms.