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7 weather tools for farming

Intellicast

Intellicast has a free app, and recently upgraded it with data by partnering with Weather Underground (which also has an app) to provide enhanced data and information you can use in your farm operation. Intellicast, which now goes by the name Storm, is owned by Weather Inc., which owns the Weather Channel. The “predictive” weather tool is available there, too.

MinuteCast

Accuweather recently upgraded to offer what it calls the MinuteCast with “minute-by-minute precipitation forecasts for the next two hours, hyper localized to your exact street address.” It has a simple interface and a range of features.

The Weather Channel

As noted, there are a lot of general weather tools for smartphones and tablets. Perhaps the most popular is the Weather Channel app, which offers general weather information and even video forecasts for different regions. The free app provides weather radar that looks at both the past and what future models show — a nice feature for figuring out if you can get some fieldwork done.

Weather radar

Knowing what’s headed your way is always important, and while most weather apps have some form of radar included, the MyRadar Weather Radar app provides a very detailed image you can use to pinpoint when trouble will really be upon you. The app is free, though you can upgrade it to deliver warnings for a fee.

Field360 tools

DuPont Pioneer has a similar estimator built into its Field360 tools. The app also provides a Precipitation Estimator and a Growth Stage Estimator. The growth stage tool is valuable for timing in-season application of crop protection products, including fungicides. It costs $9.99 to download.

Growing degree days

Penton Agriculture offers an app — Growing Degree Days — that helps the user determine how a specific field is progressing. The app compares current GDD information with previous-year data so you can determine if your crops are keeping up or not. Or, you can compare progress with the GDD information for the specific seed planted in the field. The app can be set up for either a 50-degree base or a 60-degree base, depending on your operation. The folks at Ag PhD developed the GDU Calculator (for growing degree units), which you can use to determine field progress for corn and wheat crops. It offers the opportunity for push notifications, too, sending alerts for trouble fields.

New from Climate Corp.

Recently, Climate Corp. announced a new offer: Farmers buying a whole-farm activation with 500 acres get their first 250 acres for free, essentially saving a user $750 to start using the system.

“Connectivity, storage and speed are going to get better and cheaper … so we’re looking to build the best weather tool we can for the farmer,” offers Osborne, who says mobile apps are what the marketplace desires given the importance placed on convenience and usability. “Farmers want the information in their hands out in the field, where they’re going to use it.”

(Source – http://farmindustrynews.com/electronics/7-weather-tools-farming#slide-0-field_images-79031)

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