Advantages of adding Kestrel Weather and Environmental Meters to your Agriculture and Farming Toolkit

The Kestrel Agriculture line gives you reliable, site-specific weather data you can count on to make critical management decisions to increase yield, reduce losses and boost profit.

Cattle and Livestock Heat Stress Management

Heat stress can reduce health, productivity and even cause death in livestock — all of which cost the livestock producer money. By using a Kestrel to monitor temperature, humidity, THI, HLI or AHLU, producers can refer to the heat threshold appropriate for their livestock and take appropriate cooling measures in time to prevent sickness and loss. Find out more about Cattle Heat Stress.

Transport and Lairage Condition Monitoring

During consolidation and transport, an animal’s stress level can be very high. Extreme temperatures and/or humidity during livestock transportation increase the risk of stress, injury and mortality. Monitor conditions to ensure mitigation steps can be taken in time to maximize animal safety and welfare during transport and holding. Reduce stress, shrink, and loss in carcass quality. Easily demonstrate compliance with logged transport conditions. Fewer losses and better compliance equals more profit.

Spraying Compliance and Management

Agriculture Spraying Compliance and ManagementThe Kestrel’s accurate wind speed readings ensure safe and effective spraying during appropriate weather conditions. You are responsible for any damage caused by spray drift, and many locales even have regulations specifying maximum permitted wind speed when spraying. Recording actual field wind conditions when spraying gives you the evidence you need in the event of an alleged spraying incident. In hot, dry conditions, evaporation can send your expensive chemicals uselessly into the air rather than onto your crops. Using field level data and Delta T guidance can help you select an appropriate spray droplet size and additives to minimize costly evaporation.

Ventilation Assessments

Ventilation systems in livestock housing, agriculture buildings, auction houses, and greenhouses contribute to overall animal and plant health and well-being. Inefficient systems negatively affect air quality and the housing environment which can impact your bottom line. Plus, they cost more to run. Proper ventilation, temperature and humidity control of these facilities can reduce disease and prevent loss improving growth, production and performance.

Irrigation Audits

Inefficient irrigation systems are costly: they waste water, wash off fertilizers and lawn chemicals, and degrade sidewalks and roads prematurely. Irrigation audits are a key tool in maximizing your system setup, but knowing conditions during the audit is critical. The ultimate tool for irrigation audit monitoring is the Kestrel 5500 together with a tripod and Kestrel Vane Mount. The data log is ideal for use in the field, and wireless Bluetooth® low energy data transfer capabilities makes log entries and report development a snap back in the office.

Commodity Storage

All commodities require proper storage conditions. Temperature and moisture control is essential to preserving quality, nutrient content, and controlling bacterial growth. Daily monitoring of temperatures, humidity levels, and other conditions is necessary to ensure a safe, compliant storage environment. By proactively monitoring and managing the environment, you can ensure optimum storing conditions and maximize yield while preventing costly loss due to shrink and mold. A Kestrel DROP wireless remote data logger makes this job a snap.

Viticulture

Vineyard managers can monitor the weather right at the individual vine. In the spring and fall, knowing the temperature trends and dew point is critical to determining the need for frost protection. In the summer, being able to track solar radiation and sun exposure is key. Tracking conditions at potential vine locations can help you develop an accurate understanding of your property’s microclimates and select the varietals and growing sites that will ensure success year after year.

Field & Harvest Condition Monitoring

Keeping an eye on the current and developing environmental conditions can help farmers determine the best time to harvest. Checking temperature, humidity and wind is also critical in avoiding harvesting when fire danger is high. Weather conditions can significantly impact yield and quality of harvest. Using a weather meter or data logger on site also makes it easier to log and calculate growing degree days, assisting you in maximizing your harvest and crop quality.

Golf Course Management and Landscaping

The Kestrel is the perfect tool to get an accurate assessment of air movement, which is vital for healthy turf in areas where surface cooling is needed. Proper air movement reduces leaf wetness and decreases the likelihood of fungal diseases. A constant air movement of just 3 mph coupled with adequate soil moisture can reduce the need for pesticide use and keep turfs up to par.

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