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In January, I went home to SE Iowa and brought the thermal camera with me. Family friends Tom Wahl and Kathy Dice invited me over for dinner, and we took the chance to look around their house with the camera. See more of the photos we took below. Tom and Kathy identified several places where […]

March 2, 2016 


In December, the PFI thermal camera went north with Bruce Vosseller to Oconomowoc, WI. Even though he lives in Wisconsin, Bruce has been a member of Practical Farmers of Iowa for over 15 years.  He wanted to use the camera to identify areas that cold air is coming into his house and areas where insulation could […]

February 16, 2016 


The next stop for the PFI thermal camera was Clarion Sage Farm near Waukee, owned and operated by Jennifer Miller and Cody Kilgore. Jennifer wanted to locate leaks in the farm’s newly constructed high tunnel, to see if it actually held its heat. She also used the camera to look at some areas of concern around […]

February 10, 2016 


In late December, the PFI Thermal Camera made its way to Berry Patch Farm near Nevada, owned by Dean and Judy Henry. Matt Howieson, an employee on the farm, used the camera to discover sources of leakage in their cooler and high-tunnels. He also took some fantastic pictures! (See below)

February 4, 2016 


In early December, the PFI Thermal Camera made its way to Bent Gate Farm, a field crop farm near Stanton owned and operated by Mark and Melanie Peterson. Mark used the camera to examine air leaks around their house. He looked particularly around the thermostat mounted on a south wall that seemed prone to being […]

January 8, 2016 


In early November, the PFI Thermal Camera had a stay at Blue Gate Farm, a diversified farm run by Jill Beebout and Sean Skeehan near Chariton. Sean recently built a walk-in cooler to store their farm’s produce and wanted to see its effectiveness at holding in the cold air. He also looked at where heat was escaping their […]

November 18, 2015 


The next stop for the PFI Thermal Camera was Botna Burrow, a vegetable farm near Hancock. Tyler Magnuson used the camera to see where they were losing heat from their house, and determine where the highest rates of heat exchange were happening in their walk-in cooler. To do that, he looked at the inside and outside […]

October 19, 2015 


Dave Schmidt of Audubon was the first member to get a chance to use PFI’s new FLIR One thermal camera. Dave has both black and red-hided cattle and has noted differences in their susceptibility to being bothered by flies in the past (https://www.practicalfarmers.org/farmer-knowledge/research-reports/2015/fly-monitoring-for-grazing-cattle-2014/). This time he wanted to know whether red-hided cattle were more heat-tolerant […]

September 15, 2015 


For those of you interested in saving energy on your farm, we have good news. Practical Farmers has recently purchased a thermal imaging (infrared) camera! The FLIR One camera plugs into new IOS devices (we also have an iPad mini for using the camera, so you don’t need a new iPhone). It will be available for […]

August 12, 2015