When we talk about iMETOS, we often focus on farmers and how they can benefit from setting up a station on their land; saving the resources, improving farm management, knowing exactly what is happening in the field and acting on it. But they are not the only ones who can do a better job using real-time on-site data.
Agricultural consulting companies get a valuable insight into what is happening in the area and can perform better, especially when their consulting is backed with logged data.
We stopped by our client Nathan Stewart, a crop consultant, pest control advisor and owner of AgVantage Consulting Inc from Tulare County, CA. Over the course of one year, Nathan has created a network of 15 iMETOS stations – 4 of them are iMETOS 3.3 weather stations and the rest the iMETOS ECO D3 data loggers for soil monitoring, spread among his clients.
“The network is used for calculating degree days – mainly for insect development, frost protection and disease forecasting. The idea is that clients can rent or buy a system and get access to the network of stations. The existing owners already share their data in the area,” Nathan explains.
He uses the data to provide high quality consulting services and his clients can enjoy the benefit of knowing exactly what is happening in the field and what they are going to do about it too. It results in better decisions what to use as a pest control, when to do the spraying, when to irrigate and how much and all this means saving money and resources.
There are some public weather stations in the area, but most of them are located too far to provide reliable data. “A comparison has been done between the nearest free of charge database and the weather station installed in the orchard and the difference between stages of development for navel orangeworm was not just few hours but 7 days!” he emphasises.
This IS a strong argument in favour of setting a weather station on a farm, right?