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Central Minnesota Ag Weather Network


Location of Ag weather stations in Minnesota

To view the data: Central Minnesota Ag Weather Network

Expanding Regional Access to Local Weather Data

Daily crop water use data (also known as evapotranspiration) is a crucial piece of information that irrigators need to efficiently manage water. Weather station information is required to precisely estimate water use of the growing crop.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has partnered with the East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District (EOT SWCD), Pope County SWCD and Benton County SWCD to install new weather stations in central Minnesota. The weather stations are placed in agricultural settings with the intent to provide data for agricultural producers and those involved with atmospheric research in this environment.

Producers interested in daily crop water use estimates for a particular field can sign up for a daily email by indicating the nearest weather station, crop type and planting date for that specific field. 

Daily Data Available Throughout the Growing Season:Ag weather station

  • Daily Rainfall
  • Air Temperature (Max/Min)
  • Air Humidity (Max/Min)
  • Dally Crop Water Use (ET)
  • Growing Degree Days (GDD)

To view the data: Central Minnesota Ag Weather Network

Development of the website is supported by the East Ottertail SWCD. A portion of funds were provided by Minnesota Department of Health Source water Protection Grant. The City of Perham was a partner in applying for this grant.

MDA Contacts

Luke Stuewe
Soil Scientist
Luke.Stuewe@state.mn.us ~ 218-846-7425

Bruce Montgomery
Fertilizer Unit Manager
Bruce.Montgomery@state.mn.us ~ 651-201-6178