Want more rain? Probably not if you are located in some areas of the Midwest. Weather can significantly impact summer plans, both in and out of the field. It is important to have plenty of time to prepare for changes, and that you have the data you need to manage your farm.
Here are seven tools to help you monitor weather from your smart office:
Visit the Farm Futures website – Visit Farm Futures' Weather page to check the latest forecast with hourly updates and agriculture weather maps.
Get Farm Futures mobile – Add a bookmark to your mobile device for Farm Futures Mobile, which includes weather, as well as quotes and news. You can set these quotes to update manually, or at intervals. On the iPhone or iPad, you can open the mobile site in your Safari web browser, and select the box with the arrow coming out of it on the bottom of your screen. Then select, "Add to Home Screen." On Android, visit the site in your browser, select the Menu button, select "Bookmarks," and then click "Add Shortcut to Home." You now have Farm Futures Mobile conveniently on your mobile device's desktop!
Farmer's Almanac – For long-range estimations, you can always refer back to the Farmer's Almanac. The resource provides predictions by region as well as daily updates.
Mobile Apps – There are a plethora of free apps that you can try such as AccuWeather, The Weather Channel to NOAA Weather Radar and Wunderground. Want a paid option with field-level insights? Check out Climate: Basic & Pro.
Social Media – If you spend a lot of time on social media, follow your nearest National Weather Service Forecast Office.
Text Message Alerts – Weather.gov offers several options for receiving alerts via email or text message. You can also check with your local government or emergency management agency to see if they offer a similar option for your location.
Install Your Own Weather Station – Weather stations vary greatly in price. You can have a simple internet-connected station for less than $200, or you can spend thousands on more advanced systems. Before you buy a system, determine what data is most important to you and see if you can leverage discounts from existing vendors with whom you currently do business.
The opinions of Jessica Michael are not necessarily those of Farm Futures or the Penton Farm Progress Group.