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Soil Temp Site

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Runner, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Does anyone know where I can get information on current soil temps (other than out my back door with a thermometer)? I looked all over google using terms like "Michigan current soil temps", and couldn't find anything. I tried using Michigan State U for it also, but to no avail. If anyone has a site that would perhaps keep reasonably up to date data like this (even better at different depths), that would be cool. Thanks ahead of time.:weightlifter:
  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah,...that was the first one i saw...But then no way to see an update of it. Jeez,...you would think that SOMEone like a university would have a page for this.
  4. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I use gddtracker.net and wunderground.com (Weather Underground) but neither one has soil temps. I spot check it myself when I want to know. Right now I have some turf covers out so I check the temperature difference underneath and outside them a couple times a week.

    Michigan Automated Weather Network has soil temperature information.

    Go to http://www.agweather.geo.msu.edu/mawn/
    -then click on a reporting station on the map
    -Under "Pregenerated Data Reports" click on either of these:
    -hourly data, then look in soil temp column for extensive (hourly) data for most recent 3 days. It says Temp is taken at 2" depth on bare soil.
    -or click on daily data for soil temp high-low measurements for current and previous month
  5. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
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  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thanks Foreplease--very helpful--thanks MAWN.

    Ground truth data. I used a soil thermometer at about 2 depth today (Nov 2, 2009)under grass--got a temp of about 48 degrees.

    I also talked to a local supplier and seed expert. He is not a believer in "dormant seeding" . Suggested wait until spring.
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    Thanks, guys! :weightlifter:

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