COtL have stablished two mesonets in SA thus far:
The purpose of each network is to provide accurate and targeted data on the developmentand presence of adverse conditions for spraying. It is expected that the availability of real-time agricultural weather data and inversion data will reduce the risk of spray drift. Reducing the incidence of spray drift will also help deliver better water quality in rivers, streams and dams, and reduce crop and pasture contamination thereby preserving South Australia’s reputation for producing high quality food and wine. The establishment and ongoing operation of these two mesonets has wide industry support.
The Mid North Mesonet was a pilot project established in 2019 across the Mid North of South Australia. The network of Profiling Automatic Weather Stations (Profiling AWS) covers a region stretching from Jamestown and Port Pirie in the north, through the Clare Valley and almost to Two Wells in the south. Estimates of the potential loss in value from spray drift in the Mid North area before the Mid North Mesonet was installed was in the order of $180M per annum.
The Riverland & Mallee Mesonet was established in early 2021 and comprises of 30 Profiling Automatic Weather Stations (Profiling AWS) spans the area bounded by Renmark, Pinnaroo, Murray Bridge and Morgan in SA. This agricultural region encompasses a mix of broad acre, viticulture and fruiting crops. For this mesonet, we partnered with Campbell Scientific Australia to deliver the highest quality sensors, dataloggers and telemetry.