Weather and Climate

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Weather and Climate

The benefits of using digital technology for weather and climate management  means farmers can monitor, analyse and predict conditions with ever-increasing precision. Using existing and emerging technologies, growers are able to:

  • Collect more precise, real-time information about crop and soil moisture conditions.
  • Identify in-field variability by mapping crop and soil sensor data.
  • Improve understanding of the whole farm system using weather, soil, and crop sensor data.
  • Plan ahead and reduce risk. For example, using wind speed and direction, and rainfall forecasts when planning spraying operations to limit spray drift and reduce the risk of runoff, or anticipate and mitigate the impact of frost
  • Determine the best times to irrigate using soil moisture probes.
  • Detect weather conditions that promote pests and diseases in advance. 
  • Utilise your data for improved input efficiency and farm planning.

From soil moisture probes to satellite and drone imagery, farmers are using these tools to inform day-to-day decisions such as when to plant, spray, irrigate and harvest.