Agronomy Tip: Thermal Camera for Your Smartphone

Talking about technology at your fingertips, for about $200 to $250, you can purchase a thermal imaging camera that plugs into your cell phone’s charging port and is driven by a smartphone app.

Brian Dougherty, agricultural engineering specialist with Iowa State University Extension recommends this tool for use on your operation. “You can use it to find hot and cold spots, for example, if you wonder if your insulation is good in your house or farm buildings. You could use it to check for hot spots on the surface of your grain bin or if you want to know the temperature of a bearing or any other piece of equipment. A thermal camera can also be helpful for checking surface soil temperatures, for example if you’re comparing a cover crop field vs. a bare field to see the differences.”

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