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Weather & Pest Monitoring Forecasting

Network for Environment and Weather Applications logo UMass is a member of the Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA), a web-based weather and pest reporting and forecasting system. This was developed by the New York State Integrated Pest Management program, and uses a network of weather monitoring stations. These are located at farms and airports and report hourly temperatures, daily max and min T, rainfall, relative humidity and hours > 90% RH, and windspeed. These data points then run through models that predict key events like when an insect pest will become active or when a disease might develop. Forecasts and alerts for insect and disease pests of fruits and vegetables are published. For example, it has models for cabbage and onion maggot, late blight of tomato and potato, apple scab and fire blight, and grape diseases. There are links to other forecasting website such as cucurbit downy mildew. It also reports out the growing degree day (GDD) accumulation by day, month and season at two base temperatures; 50 F and 40 F, along with GDD models for pest flights. This is a terrific resource for farmers, easy to navigate and updated daily. It’s great to just pick a weather station and get degree days, a whole weather report for the previous month, or a forecast for a specific pest.

The UMass Extension Fruit program has taken the lead to establish this MA connection to NEWA, and it will benefit both fruit and vegetable growers. UMass is working to add additional on-farm stations, and to add leaf wetness to the weather parameters so that certain disease models such as tomato early blight can be included in the MA network.

According to the NEWA website, NEWA users reported that they can save, on average, $19,500 per year in spray costs and prevent, on average, $264,000 per year in crop loss as a direct result of using NEWA pest forecast models.

2021 NEWA Impact Report for Massachustts

2020 NEWA Impact Report for Massachusetts 

map of 2018-20 NEWA users in MA

2019 NEWA Impact Report for Massachusetts

You can access this data and the associated pest models at www.newa.cornell.edu.


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Weather Data, UMass Cold Spring Orchard Research & Education Center, Belchertown, MA 01007

Current conditions, UMass Cold Spring Orchard, Belchertown, MA

Alternative current conditions, UMass Cold Spring Orchard, Belchertown, MA

OrchardWatch South current conditions, UMass Cold Spring Orchard, Belchertown, MA

OrchardWatch North current conditions, UMass Cold Spring Orchard, Belchertown, MA

Other Locations

Current conditions, Headwater Cider, Hawley, MA

Current conditions, Bartlett Orchard, Richmond, MA

Current conditions, Tougas Family Farm, Northboro, MA

Current conditions, Clarkdale Fruit Farm, Deerfield, MA

Current conditions, Park Hill Orchard, Easthampton, MA

Current conditions, Weld Hill (Arnold Arboretum), Jamaica Plain, MA

Current conditions, Barnstable County Farm, MA

Current conditions, Bartlett Orchard, Richmond. MA

Current conditions, UMass Crop and Livestock Farm, South Deerfield, MA

Current conditions, Wards Berry Farm, Sharon, MA

Current conditions, East Falmouth, MA (ma_efal nwon)

Current conditions, Middleborough, MA (ma_midd nwon)

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Brox Farm (Farmer Dave's), Dracut, MA http://rainwise.net/weather/mdr

Carlson Orchards, Harvard, MA http://rainwise.net/weather/frank01451

Doe Orchards, Harvard, MA https://rainwise.net/weather/doe01451

Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury, MA http://rainwise.net/weather/mam

Clark Bros. Orchards, Ashfield, MA http://rainwise.net/weather/mas

C.N. Smith Farm, East Bridgewater, MA http://rainwise.net/weather/meb

Nicewicz Farm, Bolton, MA http://rainwise.net/weather/mbo

Wards Berry Farm, Sharon, MA http://rainwise.net/weather/msh

Kosinski Farms, Westfield, MA http://rainwise.net/weather/mwe

Shelburne Farm, Stow, MA http://rainwise.net/weather/shelburnefarm

Honey Pot Hill Orchard, Stow, MA http://rainwise.net/weather/mst

Foppema's Farm, Northbridge, MA http://rainwise.net/weather/mno

Red Apple Farm, Phillipston, MA http://rainwise.net/weather/mph

Russell Orchards, Ipswich, MA https://rainwise.net/weather/RussellOrchards

Ragged Hill Orchard, West Brookfield, MA https://rainwise.net/weather/mwb

Sauchuk Farm, Plympton, MA  https://www.rainwise.net/weather/Sauchuk1

Sholan Farms, Leominster, MA  https://rainwise.net/weather/mle

Parlee Farms, Tyngsboro, MA https://rainwise.net/weather/mty

Lakeville, MA (mla newa)

NOTE: effective app. October 1, 2010, UMass Cold Spring Orchard weather data is being hosted by the Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA).

Looking for some archived weather data for UMass Cold Spring Orchard back to 2001? Check this out.