KestrelMet 6000 Food Plot Weather Station


The KestrelMet 6000 Food Plot Weather Station is the ideal solution for planning the optimum location for food plots, monitoring conditions during the growing season, and getting hyper-local wind data during hunting season. This rugged, highly accurate food plot weather station comes with a metal tripod mount and includes sensors for measuring solar irradiance, soil moisture, and soil temperature.

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KestrelMet 6000 Food Plot Weather Station Overview

The KestrelMet 6000 Food Plot Weather Station

The KestrelMet 6000 Food Plot Weather Station is built on a commercial-grade platform and includes a fan-aspirated temperature and RH sensor.

The soil sensor array measures soil moisture and temperature conditions at three depths, providing reliable profile data that corresponds to the entire root zone, allowing the grower to optimize irrigation strategies.

Solar irradiance sensors provide precise crop and environmental information to ensure the most effective integrated pest management program.

KestrelMet 6000 Getting Started Video
KestrelMet 6000 Mono Mount Installation
KestrelMet 6000 Tripod Mount Installation


We believe in simple, comprehensive weather monitoring solutions that are affordable, easy to deploy, and require minimal decision-making. The KestrelMet 6000 is the most cost-effective and easy-to-use professional-grade weather station available.

The KestrelMet 6000 is a rugged, cost-effective one-time investment that will help you grow and maintain a thriving food plot for years of successful hunting. Choosing the cellular data transmission option enables you to deploy the station in remote areas and view that data from the KestrelMet cloud within minutes. With the online dashboard and app, you can conveniently access your food plot weather data on a mobile device — whenever you want and wherever you are.


  • Temperature
  • Relative Humidity
  • Wind Speed
  • Wind Direction
  • Dewpoint
  • Barometric Pressure
  • Rainfall
  • Solar Irradiance
  • Soil Temperature and Moisture Sensors


  • Full suite of meteorological measurements
  • Add-on sensors for solar irradiance and soil sensor array - soil moisture and soil temperature (3 different depths)
  • All-in-one design for 20-minute setup
  • Optional Integrated Cellular modem with cloud-connected data plan for less than $5/month
  • Intelligent Power Management ensures reliable reporting even in short day and cloudy conditions
  • High-power photovoltaic panel
  • Standard 24-hr aspirated fan
  • Highly visible LED status lights
  • Telescoping wind sensor mast


The KestrelMet 6000 is an all-in-one station with a one-click ordering experience. Equipped with a high-power photovoltaic panel, backup battery, and intelligent power management, the KestrelMet requires no external power source.

Solar Irradiance:

The solar irradiance sensor helps optimize plant growth and crop placement strategy.

Soil Moisture and Temperature Sensor:

KestrelMet has taken the gold standard for soil moisture measurement and added temperature sensors that maximize the accuracy of the Watermark soil moisture readings. The included soil sensor array consists of 3 probes, each on a 15’ cable. Each probe measures soil water tension using a Watermark sensor and soil temperature less than an inch above the Watermark sensor. Probes are typically buried at 3 different depths corresponding to the root zone of the target vegetation. The soil temperature probes are also used to help you plan the best date to seed the food plot.

The solar irradiance sensor provides accurate measurements of sunlight intensity which is critical in matching the food plot crop to the target location. Depending on your plot’s location and access to resources, it can be impractical to irrigate regularly– the KestrelMet weather station provides the actual onsite conditions of your plot so you irrigate only when necessary and with the least amount of water required.

Soil Sensor Array Probe Depth

Crop 1 2 3
Soybeans (Forage) 6" 12" 24"
Oats 6" 12" 24"
Wheat 6" 12" 24"
Winter Rye 6" 12" 24"
Ladino (White) Clover 6" 12" 24"
Arrowleaf Clover 6" 12" 24"
Alfafa 6" 12" 24"
Chicory 6" 12" 24"
Rape Kale 6" 12" 18"
Turnips 6" 12" 18"
Forage Radish 4" 8" 12"
Buckwheat 6" 12" 24"
Lab Lab 6" 12" 24"
Austrian Winter Pea 6" 12" 18"
Iron Clay Pea 6" 12" 24"
Corn (Field) 6" 12" 24"

KestrelMet 6000 Dashboard


The KestrelMet 6000 is an all-in-one, self-powered weather station that integrates easily into data-driven technology using a cloud-based API.

Our API offers integration, personalization, and automation advantages.

  • Share and embed our API weather data into your own platform for a personalized solution that fully leverages your existing technology investments.
  • Save time and money with seamless integration and information delivery from our API to your platform via the cloud.
  • API data feeds from our high-performance weather station into selected programs so you can visualize field-level and crop-specific insights at a glance for the most informed, real-time decision-making.


We believe that ordering your station should be just as easy as maintaining and installing. The simple design and wireless technology allow for quick deployment and over-the-air upgrades.

Step 1

Register at

KestrelMet Setup Step 1

Create an online account and connect your device online.

Step 2

Set Up Your Weather Station

KestrelMet Setup Step 2

Quickly assemble and easily install your KestrelMet 6000.

Step 3

View and Manage Your KestrelMet Weather Data

KestrelMet Setup Step 3

Access your weather data from anywhere on a laptop or mobile.

Low-Cost Cellular Plan

KestrelMet Free First Year of Service

The KestrelMet Cellular Weather Station comes with a cloud-connected data plan from Verizon or AT&T for under $5/month, with the first year of data completely FREE. With a long service life of reliable operation, the powerfully capable KestrelMet 6000 Food Plot Weather Station emerges as the clear winner for value and performance when compared to other leading farm weather stations.

KestrelMet 6000 Dashboard

Product Questions

Text or Email alerts can be sent when a specific parameter is out of range.

If the value exceeds (greater than or less than) the alert amount, a text or email is sent.

Once the value falls within the normal range, the alert is reset, and an alarm can be sent again once outside the range again. This prevents repeated alerts for the same parameter.

The Notification Time Window is the minimum time after an alert can be repeated for the same condition. This is useful for parameters like wind speed, that change often and rapidly.

Here is an example scenario with the Notification Time Window set to 10 minutes.

If Wind Speed is greater than 20, send an alert.

  • Time: 2:00 pm. Wind Speed is 24. Alert is sent.
  • Time: 2:03 pm. Wind Speed is 12. Alert is reset.
  • Time: 2:05 pm. Wind Speed is 26. Alert is not set because 5 minutes ago, the alert was already sent.
  • Time: 2:12 pm. Wind Speed is 24. Alert is sent.

More than one alert can be set for the same parameter. Here is an example

Wind Speed > 20 mph

Wind Speed > 30 mph

Wind Speed > 40 mph

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How Ambient Weather Uses Cookies

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Google Analytics

We also use Google Analytics for tracking our website performance. It is Google’s analytics tool that helps website and app owners understand how their visitors engage with their website properties. It uses a set of cookies to collect information and report site usage statistics without personally identifying individual visitors to Google. The main cookie used by Google Analytics is the ‘_ga’ cookie.

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Weather Underground is owned by IBM, where the data is used for prediction services.

Share and compare your data with neighbors, friends and family. Features:

  • The most popular personal weather station (PWS) hosting service in the world
  • Free ‘cloud based’ service
  • Real-time Streaming Updates (rapid fire)
  • Weather Station Google Mapping
  • Unlimited Historical data archiving (daily, monthly, yearly and custom)
  • WeatherCam integration with time lapse video and daily archiving (weathercams sold separately)


  1. To create a free account, visit:
  2. Once you have created an account, select My Profile | My Weather Stations, or link below:
  3. Tap the Add a New PWS button and proceed through the wizard.

  4. Once completed, you will receive a Station ID and Station Key:

  5. Enter this Station ID and Station Key into
    Note: If you entered this station ID and key into the console, do not enter it in You do not want redundant data reporting to To learn more about and other apps, please visit: Here
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WeatherCam images can be uploaded, viewed, and shared on This feature is currently available on the website version.

From the devices panel, select Add WeatherCam

Next, choose the format for your camera (FTP or URL):

  • FTP: Most network cameras include FTP upload.
  • URL: If you are hosting on another website, provide a URL.

FTP: option:

The website automatically generates the servername, username, and password. Enter these credentials into your camera’s ftp network settings.

– Some cameras like Foscam may require you to enter the server header, rather than

– Select passive mode (PASV), if available.

– The maximum upload interval is one minute. Program an upload interval of 60 seconds or greater.

Enter the static URL associated with your camera hosting software. An example for the Nest Camera is referenced below.

Once the camera image has successfully uploaded to the server, the image will appear next to the WeatherCam credentials.

To make your WeatherCam public, select the checkbox “Allow others to view your weather cam“. It will take up to 48 hours for approval. Only images that point outside and show a portion of the sky will be approved.

Once your WeatherCam is public, it will be displayed on the WeatherCam map:

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The KestrelMet 6000 cellular weather station can ONLY connect to a cellular network (typically Verizon or AT&T according to your station’s SIM card for US customers), and cannot connect to a Wi-Fi network. You can use provider coverage maps, FCC maps (, or third-party tools such as the Open Signal app or RootMetrics app to plan an optimal location for your station. After your station is registered, you can use the signal indicators on the device's screen for live cellular signal readings.

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KestrelMet Cellular Weather Station Operating modes:

When the power switch is flipped ON, the station will transmit once every 5 minutes for a period of 30 minutes and then revert to normal operation mode, transmitting every 15 minutes. During that time, the multicolor LED on the PV power panel will indicate the connection status:

  • Blinking blue within 1 minute of powering on: Bluetooth initializing
  • Flashing magenta (every 10 seconds): Attempting to connect to a cellular network
  • Flashing green (every 10 seconds): Cellular network connected, Standard Operation
  • Flashing blue (every 10 seconds): Cellular network connected, Power Saver Mode
  • Flashing red (every 10 seconds): Cellular network connected, Logging Mode
  • Flashing red (every 20 seconds): Hibernation Mode

The KestrelMet 6000 station is shipped with a fully charged battery and the station is designed to maintain Normal Operation in subfreezing weather. If solar charging is insufficient due to extended snow cover or installation in a shaded location, the station will change operating modes to conserve power as detailed in the table below:

Operating Mode Standard Power Saver Logging Hibernation Battery Level Battery Charged Low battery Critically Low Battery Critically Low Battery
Aspirated Sensor Measurement Frequency 1 min 2 min 5 min None
Fan Aspiration Active 24 Hours Active 24 Hours Active 24 Hours Off
Cellular DataTransmission Frequency 15 min 15 min 24 hr None
Blinking LED Green Blue Red Red
LED Frequency 10 sec 10 sec 10 sec 20 sec

IMPORTANT: If the station enters hibernation mode due to a depleted battery, the station must be left turned “on” and placed in direct sunlight to recharge. If the station is in hibernation mode for an extended period of time, the red LED will stop blinking. When the battery is charged sufficiently (typically 1-3 days), the station will switch back to Logging mode, then Normal Operation mode as charging allows. You will receive an email notification when the station returns to Normal Operation mode.

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This video demonstrates the installation procedure:

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You should choose the mobile carrier that has the best coverage for your area. It does not matter which carrier you personally use as you can see the data without having an AT&T or Verizon account.

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The Cellular version uses cellular data. The Wi-Fi version transmits via Wi-Fi up to 1000 ft line of sight.

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The cost is $50 per year to continue the coverage which is the lowest plan on the market today.

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Sun coverage is important to keep the unit powered. So choosing a place with adequate sunlight will help keep it powered in low sun / cloudy conditions. The other consideration is in a unsheltered area and higher up to help catch the current wind conditions, bearing in mind that you may have to clean the rain gauge occasionally. Lastly, if you mount it next to something that radiates heat (i.e., a black fence), this could slightly raise the temperature readings. If you are using a tripod mount, you may want to secure it to the ground or weigh it down in higher wind areas.

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Yes. You can add as many devices as you want to your account and toggle between them.

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After entering your location into your account, a Google map lookup is done based on that location and uses the altitude of your location to calculate the barometric pressure.

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A clogged rain bucket on your KestrelMet 6000 Cellular Weather Station can prevent accurate rainfall readings. Follow the steps in this video to easily unclog the rain bucket and keep your unit working properly.

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KestrelMet Soil Sensor Array Web References

Watermark installation manual

Available Water Conversion Tables for Soil Moisture Monitors

Irrigation Scheduling Strategies When Using Soil Water Data

How to use Watermark sensors for irrigation

Moisture Sensor Agricultural Irrigation Design Manual

Soil water tension irrigation criteria for various crops

Watermark Granular Matrix Sensor to Measure Soil Matric Potential for Irrigation Management

KestrelMet Soil Sensor Array Video References

KestrelMet Soil Sensor Array Installation

KestrelMet Soil Sensor Array Installation from Nielsen Kellerman on Vimeo.

U of Nebraska Watermark probe installation:

MMM consultants Watermark probe installation:

U of Nebraska irrigation scheduling basics:

U of Georgia irrigation scheduling:

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Transmission up to 1000 feet line of sight. Obstructions will affect the transmission range.

Recommendations for KestrelMet Wi-Fi Installation:

  • The station should be mounted in a location with strong Wi-Fi signal strength.
  • The KestrelMet 6000 Wi-Fi weather station can ONLY connect to a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network.
  • You can use third-party tools such as a Wi-Fi analyzer app to plan an optimal location for your station. After your station is registered, you can use the signal indicators on for live Wi-Fi signal readings.
  • Avoid obstructions like buildings, trees, and structures in between your router and the KestrelMet Wi-Fi installation site.
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Please see this video on installing the KestrelMet 6000 WiFi station:

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