Vermont farms monitor storage conditions by cellphone

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

CRAFTSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Temperature fluctuations can shorten the growing season for farmers, and the worry doesn't stop when crops are stored inside for winter sales, as a drop or spikes can ruin what's meant for market.

For years, growers would have to walk into coolers or other storage spots to check the temperature and humidity. Now, some small-scale vegetable producers that can't afford high-tech refrigeration are gaining access to remote-temperature monitoring systems that keep cold storage in check, provide updates by cellphone and ease their worries.

Such a test project is underway through the University of Vermont Extension Service, which has put remote thermostat technology on nine farms.