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Southern Ontario farmers launch their own weather network

Reports sent to farmers will tell them
how weather affects their land

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Southern Ontario farmers are building their own weather network to more accurately record how conditions will affect their crops. The AG Grower Daily Dashboard project is designed to give farmers highly localized weather measurements that will better inform them about how to grow their crops. The group wants to place 80 automated weather stations from Windsor to Chatham to record a range of elements, including temperature, rain, humidity and wind.

Enivronment Canada already provides similar data, but this robust network will give more detailed information tailored to each farm, explained Dale Cowan, an agronomist and sales manager for two farming cooperatives involved with the project. "I can interpolate between weather stations what the likelihood is of those fields receiving a more specific amount of rainfall and at what time of the day," he said.

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Three local Agri-businesses team up to create a uniquely local southern Ontario-based weather network to provide better field specific recommendations
AGRIS Co-operative Ltd., Wanstead Farmers Co-operative Co. Ltd. and Haggerty Creek Ltd. have initiated the AGGrower Daily Dashboard project to address the need for better and more accurate weather information that will enable growers to enhance their ability to identify, respond quickly and efficiently to climactic events, and ultimately better adapt to and manage day-to-day risk. 

 “This new tool, part of our Advanced Information Systems suite of programs, provides the growing conditions information needed to fine-tune operational and input decision-making ‘by crop, and by individual field’ using the 4R’s throughout the planting, growing and harvesting season”, explains project lead Dale Cowan, senior agronomist for the three participating firms.

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