Kankakee County
Soil on Demand

Log in below to check real-time soil temperature and moisture readings
at four locations across Kankakee County.

For more information on field trial locations please click here


Username: PUBLIC
Password: KankakeeSWCD

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. 


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. 


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


Soil Types

Reddick clay loam

Cover Crop Species

30 lb/acre cereal rye

drilled 15" rows


Management Decisions



Soil Types

Beecher silt loam

Cover Crop Species

Cereal rye

Management Decisions

Cover crops grazed by livestock

No-till field



Soil Types

Sparta loamy fine sand

Cover Crop Species

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

Management Decisions


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