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Soil on Demand

Soil on Demand soil temperature and moisture readings have been temporarily paused throughout winter. Please check back in March 2023 when real-time soil temp and moisture readings will resume! Feel free to browse project info below.

In 2022, the Kankakee County SWCD began the Soil on Demand field project to provide farmers with local, real-time soil temperature and moisture readings. With funding and support through the National Wildlife Federation's Conservation Champions program and the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, we installed remote soil sensors at 4 locations across Kankakee County. In 2023, we will be continuing and expanding our project with funding and support from Compeer Financial. 

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INFORMATION

Username: PUBLIC
Password: KankakeeSWCD

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About our Project

In 2022, the Kankakee County SWCD began the "Soil on Demand" (SOD) project. To date, soil temperature and moisture sensors are installed at four locations across Kankakee County. At each location, sensors are placed in adjacent field plots, one planted to cover crops in the fall and one without cover crops. 

Every hour, soil sensors send real-time soil temperature and soil moisture readings to a cloud, where farmers and landowners throughout the county can access data on demand from a computer or smart device. To view current soil temperature and moisture readings, login above or visit soilscouts.fi/login and login with the username PUBLIC and password KankakeeSWCD.

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The red stars on the map indicate the field trial locations where soil sensors are installed. Sensors are placed in fields containing cover crops, as well as adjacent plots without cover, to observe any differences in soil temperature and moisture. 

About SOD

Site Characteristics 

Soil on Demand sites were selected across Kankakee County to provide a holistic representation of soil types, cover crop species, and tillage practices. 

LIMESTONE

Soil Types

Fieldon loam

Gilford fine sandy loam

Cover Crop

35 lb/acre cereal rye

broadcast, double spread

Management Decisions

5 year no-till field

PILOT

Soil Types

Reddick clay loam

Cover Crop Species

30 lb/acre cereal rye

drilled 15" rows

 

Management Decisions

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SUMNER

Soil Types

Beecher silt loam

Cover Crop Species

Cereal rye

Management Decisions

Cover crops grazed by livestock

No-till field

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AROMA

Soil Types

Sparta loamy fine sand

Cover Crop Species

4-way mix of rye, rape, radish, and oats

Management Decisions

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SOD Sites
SOD Partners

Thank you to the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the National Wildlife Federation, Compeer Financial, and our local Farmer Champions for making the Kankakee County Soil on Demand project possible.

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