Robust and weatherproof data loggers can be left to monitor in diverse agricultural environments in wet, harsh, exposed and remote areas if required.
Tinytag data loggers are easy to use and are ideal for
monitoring many agricultural and livestock processes as well as
being used in research. The loggers can be left to record in
different locations to build up profiles or used for long term
Growing, Planting and Soil Conditions
Optimum growing conditions vary between plant species and
varieties. Environmental monitoring will help build a profile of
seasonal or short term conditions, and can be a key requirement for
making informed decisions about planting and growing, therefore
helping to optimise productivity and yield.
This can involve monitoring both ambient and soil temperature as
well as longer term monitoring to help identify microclimate and
weather patterns. This is especially important in identifying areas
prone to frost which can have a serious impact on crop development,
particularly in vineyards, where it is vital to grow vines most
adapted to a site in order to maximise wine quality.
Temp/RH data loggers have a rugged and waterproof design for
monitoring in harsh areas such as greenhouses and outside in
exposed areas. If required, temperature data loggers can be located
below ground level, and probes are available to monitor soil
conditions at depth. Data loggers can also be used for weather
monitoring, and to validate the performance of other recording
Monitoring can also help in the assessment of threats from pests
and diseases. Analysis of conditions can help identify potential
risks and spread, helping growers make informed decisions about
implementing control measures and selecting particular varieties of
plant which may have different resistance levels.
Data loggers to monitor rainfall patterns help to identify
opportunities to reduce water consumption in order to meet the
challenges of climate change and promote crop varieties that
require less water.
The Tinytag range is used for monitoring many growing
Livestock Rearing and Incubation
Livestock farmers work hard to ensure that animals are kept in
the correct environment to promote stock wellbeing and reduce
disease and losses. This may well include monitoring temperature
and relative humidity, which can not only affect the physical
comfort of the animals but can influence the spread of disease and
Data loggers can be left to monitor livestock in areas exposed
to the weather, damp, humidity and even the attentions of the
animals themselves! Time consuming spot checks and disruption to
the livestock is minimised with the loggers' ability to record over
Data loggers also monitor conditions for animal feedstuffs,
which may well be affected by fluctuations in temperature and
humidity, and they can also help ensure that EU and domestic
legislation is adhered to for animals in transit.
Temperature and RH levels are particularly critical during
incubation processes, where small variations can seriously
adversely affect outcomes and may result in substantial losses in
terms of stock and costs.
In incubation facilities, Tinytags are an effective solution as
they are able to record small changes in temperature and humidity,
and can show alarm warnings if these fall outside a user-defined
range. Loggers can also help to validate the performance of
critical environmental control equipment. Accompanying probes are
available if the logger cannot be placed directly into the
There are fully submersible temperature
data loggers suitable for aquaculture applications, such as
fish farms and other water-based processes.
Storage and Transportation
Monitoring environmental conditions during storage and
transportation of produce and plants is essential to ensure that
they arrive at their destination in perfect condition. Consumers
today rely on fresh fruit and vegetables being available throughout
the year which can extend shipping and transit times and
potentially affect quality.
monitoring for food products throughout the cold chain may be
governed by specific regulations, including HACCP (Hazard Analysis
and Critical Control Point) controls, Food Hygiene Regulations and
European Union QFF (quick-frozen foodstuffs) Regulations.
Both standalone Tinytag data loggers and the Radio Data Logging System provide an effective
solution, ensuring conditions can be recorded, analysed and
validated. Problems in the supply chain can be pinpointed and
investigated. Small, lightweight loggers can be placed
unobtrusively with goods and packaging, and units are available
which as BS EN 12830
compliant to meet the requirements of European legislation for
frozen and chilled foods storage and transportation.