** Sigfox-enabled sensors offer more precise monitoring of weather conditions for better predictions of crop needs.
** Weather monitoring can help cut costs, product higher crop yields, and prevent over or underwatering.
** Sensors allow farmers to make better decisions about pesticides, watering, and preventing disease.
The available weather conditions monitoring technology
Setting up proper weather conditions monitoring in this new data-based agronomy industry is one of the most important things farmers can do for their fields, as it helps them address common challenges and better optimize their labor, water usage, and crop health.
The available data to measureThanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), you can now remotely collect data consistently and automatically. Connected sensors collect the important data you want to track. The following data can be collected across all your fields, no matter their proximity. This is then sent to your phone, computer, or tablet through the Sigfox global network and accessed at any time via the digital platform.
The benefits of weather conditions monitoring IoT solutions
The agricultural benefits of measuring weather conditionsBy utilizing connected apps, you can do more than just monitor the basic weather conditions metrics as outlined above. This allows you to get better insights from the data analytics provides. For instance, the app can also allow you to better monitor the risk of diseases in crops, including common diseases for wheat, vine, and apple crops.
All available data can also be viewed in the date ranges the user has set, so his or she is able to see the historical trends of data to make patterns.
IoT offers more precise farmingUsing sensors in your fields allow more precise with their weather data collection. This makes water use, planting, and maintenance more accurate, thus using less resources. This can help you save time, labor and money.
Technology offers better dataBy remote accessing exact data for the weather in your fields, you are able to better see and forecast upcoming rainfall, humidity, temperatures, and freezes. This can help you better prepare your crops for weather conditions like frost, drought, or heavy rainfall.
By monitoring the data and metrics mentioned above, farmers find a wealth of benefits, including higher production quality and quantity. Other benefits include:
Egen Technology is the best choice for better weather conditions monitoring
The location of your weather station is the most important part of installation. If your weather station is located under a tree or an overhang, the rainfall data measured by the station will not be correct. If you place your weather station in an alley, you could very well get a wind tunnel effect on the anemometer, resulting in erroneous wind data. Your weather station should have good "fetch", or distance from any other tall object.
In order to report accurate weather information you must take care in deciding where to place your weather station. The process of deciding how and where to install your weather station is called "Siting". Siting is the single most important factor in ensuring accurate readings. In fact, siting influences the accuracy of weather readings much more than the quality of the weather instruments themselves.
How to install Your Weather Station? Please view the video produced by egen-technology.
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The most common error in installing a weather station is associated with misplacing the thermometer sensor. Meteorologists define temperature as the temperature in shade with plenty of ventilation. When placing your weather station, make sure:
The thermometer sensor never receives direct sunlight.
The thermometer receives plenty of ventilation and is not blocked from the wind.
If the thermometer is placed on a roof-top, make sure it is at least 5 feet above the roof-top.
If the thermometer is placed above grass, again, it should be at least 5 feet above the grass surface.
The thermometer is at least 50 feet from the nearest paved surface.
Suggestion - use a radiation shield for your thermometer. This way, your weather station can be placed in direct sunlight, with the thermometer located inside the radiation shield.
Egen technology sells radiation shields. If you purchase from us, please contact with our weather station international sale director.
Some radiation shields have "aspirators" which is a fan that ventilates the thermometer. This ventilation helps a great deal, especially on hot and still days.
A cheaper solution if you cannot use a radiation shield is to use a sheet of aluminium mounted about 6 inches from the thermometer. This aluminium sheet should shield the sun at all times and have plenty of ventilation.
Humidity measurements should reflect the humidity of the general atmosphere in your location. Plants and bodies of water influence humidity measurements. Hence, make sure the humidity sensor is at least 50 feet away from the nearest tree or body of water.
You want the Rain Collector (or, rain gauge sensor) to receive rainfall as if it were in the middle of a large field. Nearby buildings create "shadows". Imagine if there's a building nearby to the west, and it is raining with a west wind. In such an event, your station's rain collector is bound to miss a lot of falling rain because of the "shadow" cast by the building. As a rule of thumb:
The rain collector should be placed with at least 5 feet horizontal clearance from the nearest obstruction.
If a nearby obstruction is just over 5 feet away, that obstruction should be no more than 10 feet tall.
Wind Speed and Direction
Similar to a rain collector, the anemometer should reflect the wind patterns as if the instrument was placed in a large field.
The standard wind measurement should be taken at 10 meters (33 feet) above the ground. A roof-top works the best. Try to place the anemometer as high as is convenient.
Try to make the anemometer the highest object around. 7 feet or more above the surrounding obstructions is best.
The soil moisture sensor from Egen technology is a high-precision, high-sensitivity soil moisture measurement instrument. The sensor adopts the method of measuring the soil moisture content based on the standing wave principle, thereby obtaining the true moisture content of the soil, which is characterized by fast, accurate, stable and reliable, and is not affected by the chemical fertilizer and metal ions in the soil.
Compressive performance and sealing performance of soil moisture sensor:
The soil moisture sensor in the industry generally has a problem of poor sealing. As a result, the soil moisture sensor is buried in the soil for a period of time, and the data is inaccurate or even 0. The main reason is that the shell material is made of plastic material. It can not withstand the pressure of the soil and is damaged. On the other hand, the connection between the sensor probe and the outer casing is not well handled, and finally the moisture enters the sensor casing and burns out the electronic components. The technicians of our company started from the two aspects of the shell material and the sealing structure, and finally solved this industry problem.
1. The sensor shell is made of aluminum alloy, which has strong pressure resistance and can meet the requirements of deep buried soil.
2. The sensor probe and the outer casing are connected by special screw, which has good sealing performance and strong waterproofness to ensure that the electronic components are protected from damage.
3. High precision, low drift and stable performance.
4. Fast response and long service life.
5, wide operating temperature range, with strong load capacity.
6, good anti-interference ability, long transmission distance.
7, a variety of signal output options are available.
The main function of agricultural meteorological monitoring instruments is to monitor the meteorological elements such as temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, rainfall, pressure, radiation, etc., and provide effective data support for agricultural planting to help farmers improve their planting capacity!
In the past, once the abnormal weather was encountered, the crops would be reduced, and in serious cases, even the particles would not be harvested. Now with the meteorological monitoring instrument, the field climate information can be effectively monitored, and some bad weather can be early warning to avoid losses!
Some people may think that there is a weather forecast now, and the weather conditions can be used to understand the recent weather conditions, but the weather forecast is often predicted to be large, especially for many remote places, many data can only be used as a reference, agrometeorology. The monitoring instrument itself is placed in the field and the monitoring data is more accurate!
An anemometer is a device used for measuring the speed of wind, and is also a common weather station instrument. The term is derived from the Greek word anemos, which means wind, and is used to describe any wind speed instrument used in meteorology.
Anemometer from Egen Technology adopts the traditional three wind cup structure, the wind cup is made of ABS material, and has high strength and small starting wind speed. The cup body built-in signal processing unit can output the corresponding wind speed signal according to the user demand.
A wind vane, also called wind direction sensor, is a tool for measuring wind direction and was probably one of the first weather instruments ever used. The interior of the wind vane uses a precision angle sensor, and selects the low inertia ABS wind vane to respond to the wind direction with good dynamic characteristics. The product has the advantages of good linearity, high precision, no dead spots, strong anti-lightning ability, convenient observation, stable and reliable. It can be widely used in the fields of weather, ocean, environment, airports, ports, laboratories, agriculture, industry and transportation.