The AgWeatherNet Program is a network of 177 automated weather stations that collects weather data in near real-time and disseminates this information using both push and pull technology associated with various decision support systems. The core operational budget of the AgWeatherNet Program is funded through the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences and WSU Extension. Private contributions and support have enabled past product development efforts and make future enhancements possible.
- The Oregon Hop Comission provides ongoing support for the Corvalis East, Silverton North, St. Paul South, and Woodburn South weather stations.
- The Land Management Division of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources provides ongoing support for the Tumwater SW (August, 2011) weather station.
- The Washington State Concord Grape Research Council provides ongoing support for the Grandview NE (August, 2012) weather station.
- The Kitsap Conservation District provides ongoing support for the Poulsbo South (February, 2013) weather station.
- Valley Fruit provides ongoing support for the Royal City North (March, 2014) weather station.
- Monson Fruit Company provides ongoing support for the Granger North (April, 2014) weather station.
- Quilceda Creek Vintners, Inc. provides ongoing support for the Phinny Hill (September, 2014) and Wallula West (January, 2015) weather stations.
- Auvil Fruit Co. provides ongoing support for the Vantage (November, 2014) weather station.
- WSDA Speciality Crop Block Grant Program, Pacific Coast Cranberry Research Foundation and Grayland Cranberry Growers Association provides ongoing support for the Grayland (November, 2014) weather station.
- The Lighthouse Environmental Programs, Puget Sound Energy, and Island County Public Works provides ongoing support for the Langley (December, 2014) weather station.
- USDA-ARS Long-Term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) Network provides ongoing support for the Dayton NW (March, 2015) weather station.
- Western Ag Improvement provides ongoing support for the Odell (WAI-Moe) (March, 2015) weather station.
- Zirkle Fruit Company provides ongoing support for the Azwell (April, 2015) weather station.
- The Eggert Family of Tualatin, Oregon, provides ongoing support for the Pullman Central (May, 2015) weather station.
- Mt. Adams Orchards provides ongoing support for the Husum (June, 2015) weather station.
- Northwest Grain Growers provides ongoing support for the Prescott North (September, 2015) weather station.
- The Washington Grain Growers provided support for the installation of the Garfield East (October, 2013), Hartline South (October, 2013), LaCrosse (March, 2013), and Harrington South (April, 2013) weather stations.
- The Washington State Wine Commission provided support for the installation of the Snipes Mountain (March, 2014) weather station.
- The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has provided financial support for the Cherry Cold Hardiness project.
- The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission provided financial support for the Pollen Tube Growth Model project.
- USDA Viticulture Consortium West provided partial funding for development of the Grape Cold Hardiness model.
- The United States Department of Agriculture and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers provided financial support for the Irrigation Scheduler project.
Support a new weather stationPDF Version
A policy has been developed through which others can sponsor the installation and operation of a new weather station. The cost for supporting a new weather station includes the following:
- $7,500 for hardware and sensors
- $2,000 for installation and the first year of maintenance
- $1,500 annual maintenance fee, starting in the second year.
The weather station will be owned by the AgWeatherNet Program, which will be fully responsible for quality control of the data, maintenance of the station, calibration and replacement of sensors as needed, communication, and other related costs. The data will be made available in near real-time similar to the data collected by the existing stations, assuming that cell phone access is available. Appropriate credit will be provided and shared sponsorship is also an option. If the sponsor decides to discontinue the support for the annual maintenance fee, the station will be removed and added back into the station pool of the AgWeatherNet Program. The overall goal is to not only collect short-term weather data, but also to establish a long-term weather and climate record for each location and weather station.
The weather station will be installed on land designated by the sponsor as long as it meets the minimum requirements for the installation of an automated weather station to serve agriculture and natural resource management. This includes somewhat open terrain at a fair distance from any buildings, trees, irrigation systems and other structures. The weather station itself is a stand-alone unit and does not require AC Power or a dedicated phone line. For communication a strong signal for one of the main cell phone providers is preferred.
For further information, please contact Dr. Gary Grove, Interim Director, AgWeatherNet; firstname.lastname@example.org; 1-509-786-9367.
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