Research Station

RAIN Crop Trial Facility

RAIN Research Station

Established: Spring 2013

Limited data exists for agriculture producers in Algoma that is applicable to the climate, soil and other conditions that are specific to the area – we are the only agricultural research group located in a northern region and subject to lake-effect precipitation. The RAIN Crop Trial Facility has been established through an agreement with the Algoma Community Pasture Association. The site is ideal for assessing perennial forage crop management practices for northern Ontario conditions.


HOBO U30 Weather Station

A HOBO U30 weather station is installed at the RAIN crop trial facility, where local weather is recorded, and updated everyday.

RAIN weather station

More data from the weather station can be found here:

Interested in weather?
Want to be involved in a citizen science project that will benefit communities in Algoma District?
Or maybe you’re looking for a way to support RAIN’s field research activities?

CoCoRaHs Canada are looking for volunteers to report local precipitation events! This organization aims to fill gaps between official weather stations by measuring rain and snow in your own back yard. A wide range of people across North America use CoCoRaHS data including meteorologists, researchers (like those at RAIN), farmers, teachers, people involved in outdoor recreation, and emergency responders. For more information and to sign up, click here: