MemberJune 13, 2018 at 12:17 am
Katie, like I said it would depend on the crop but here are a couple of links to some of the extension services that I know of:
– University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources http://ucanr.edu/
– Director of Professionals: http://ucanr.edu/Find_People/Academic_Directory/
Here, we can look by area and by discipline.
– Oregon State University, Extension Service: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/
– Small Farms, Cornell University: https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/resources/tools-and-technology/
– FAO: http://www.fao.org/climate-smart-agriculture/en/
* These websites also include postings of workshops that growers can attend.
Laura, nowadays weather stations are pretty inexpensive. Even basic sensors (temperature, relative humidity, soil moisture) are available for less than $100 and they last a long time without needing to change batteries. This would be a great idea!
I think we can use each other’s expertise to help. I offer myself for anyone that might need help with grape/perennial production to set up data collection protocols. Also, extension people can be approached free of charge and they can usually point towards free resources or protocols even if their out of state! I have corresponded with people at Cornell, Michigan University and Penn State. Many times experts are dispersed around the different institution.