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Mid North Mesonet

 

Mid North Mesonet


The Mid North Mesonet pilot project, funded by PIRSA and being delivered by the Ag Excellence Alliance, is establishing a $1.4M state of the art automatic weather station network across the Mid North, northern Adelaide Plains and northern Yorke Peninsulaof South Australia.

The occurrence of crop damage resulting from spray drift has been an issue in the Mid North region for many years.

The automatic weather station network will deliver a weather monitoring and warning system sufficient to provide highly accurate and targeted data on the development and presence of adverse conditions for spraying.

The extensive telemetry of the network will give spray applicators accurate local weather information to reduce the risk of spray drift caused by inversions.

Estimates of the potential loss in value of production and market access from spray drift in the Mid North areas if not addressed are in the order of $178M per annum.

The network of 40 automatic weather stations will be spread across the region, stretching to Jamestown and Port Pirie in the north, through the Clare Valley and almost to Two Wells in the south. It will be operational from the middle of 2019.

Project Funders

Primary Industries and Regions SA

Project Management Group

Peter Cousins, Peter Cousins Consulting

Michael Faulkner, Agrilink Agricultural Consultants

Warwick Grace, Grace Research Network

Mark Stanley, Regional Connections

Sarah Noack, Hart Field Site Grouo

Project Proponent

Ag Excelence Alliance

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