Weather Together – Building the weather forecasts farmers want.

Jaclyn N. Brown1, Andrew Schepen2, David Robertson3, Simon Allen1, Chris Sharman4, Christopher Nunn5, Alister Hawksford6, Michael Bange5, Vicki Lane7 and Alicia Garden8.

1 CSIRO Agriculture and Food, 15 College Rd, Sandy Bay, 7005.
2 CSIRO Land and Water, 41 Boggo Road, Dutton Park, QLD 4102,
3 CSIRO Land and Water, Research Way, Clayton VIC, 3168
4 CSIRO Data61, 15 College Rd, Sandy Bay, 7005.
5 CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Narrabri,
6 Bureau of Meteorology Agriculture, Parkes Place West, Parkes, ACT, 2600,
7 Director, Square V Software for Agriculture, 2/12 Condon St, Kennington VIC 3550.
8 CEO Discovery Ag, Trading as GoannaAg.

Abstract:

Weather forecasts are crucial to on-farm decision making. Engagements with farmers and AgTech companies has revealed a significant opportunity for providing easier access to localised farm-scale weather and 7 day forecasts for improving timely decision making. Both a multidisciplinary and multiagency (CSIRO and the BoM) team are delivering these services with Agtech companies as an effective and efficient means to reach the users.  Specifically a common application programming interface (API) service has been developed. Here we describe the localisation techniques and their skill, the agrometeorological variables we’ve been supporting. We are also exploring possible business models for developing the service where all stakeholders clearly benefit without concerns for privacy. Moving forward we are collecting on farm weather data which we can then be use in other applications to build even better climate and forecast systems as part of our business case.

Host

The Australian Society of Agronomy is the professional body for agronomists in Australia. It has approximately 500 active members drawn from government, universities, research organisations and the private sector.

Photo Credits

David Marland Photography david_marland@hotmail.com Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, Charles Sturt University

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