Cellular or wireless communication technology can be used to transfer data between remote electronic components. The components can be data loggers, computers, cameras, radio transmitters and receivers, and telephones.
The NDSU Residue Management Project monitors soil moisture and temperature in 6-12”, 12-18”, and 18-24” stubble in western, central, and eastern North Dakota. Electronic sensors also monitor rainfall, wind speed and air temperature. The sensors are wired to a data logger that is connected to a cellular modem. A remote computer is programmed to contact the cellular modem every six hours to transfer the data to a computer that serves the data on this Website. The monitoring sites are located in Golden Valley, Stutsman and Cass Counties.