John Deere recently introduced its Mobile Weather system, which is designed to be mounted on a sprayer and provide a continuous readout of existing weather conditions in a field. The company expects it will appeal to both farmers and custom applicators.
Mobile Weather uses a sensor connected to Deere’s Application Controller 1120 to display real-time weather information, including wind speed and direction, Delta T (a measurement of the evaporation rate and droplet lifetime), temperature and relative humidity, on the John Deere GreenStar 2 or GreenStar 3 displays. However, only the GreenStar 3 2630 display is capable of logging the weather data so it can be transferred to farm management software later for record keeping.
The biggest advantage Mobile Weather offers is real-time, site-specific weather information, giving the operator an exact picture of conditions in the field around him. Because the data is being provided continuously, an operator can keep a close eye on changing conditions as work progresses. The system can also be set to provide an alert when conditions exceed established parameters.
With handheld weather measuring devices, an operator needs to stop at regular intervals to monitor weather conditions, which creates a delay in noticing things like subtle changes in wind speed. Mobile Weather eliminates that lag time. And with a record of conditions throughout a spraying operation, Mobile Weather could establish whether or not application work was carried out responsibly.
“Mobile Weather is perfect for producers or commercial applicators who need to capture weather information as part of their record keeping, documentation and data analysis, or for maintaining government compliance,” says Janae Althouse, product manager with the John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group. “It integrates easily into existing sprayer and GreenStar displays without the need for additional hand-held devices or displays to provide on-the-go weather monitoring.” †