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Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

DTN is an in­de­pen­dent source of ac­tion­able weather in­sights, cur­rently work­ing with Aus­tralian farm­ers us­ing their on­line WeatherSen­try fore­cast­ing plat­form, Ag Weather Sta­tions and Soil Mois­ture Probes to em­power the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try with ac­cu­rate, timely fore­casts, con­tex­tual in­for­ma­tion and sup­ply chain so­lu­tions crit­i­cal to their op­er­a­tions.

Weather volatil­ity cre­ates im­mense risk, es­pe­cially in the in­stances of drought that Queens­land and New South Wales farm­ers are cur­rently ex­pe­ri­enc­ing. Hence, re­li­able re­sources are vi­tal to en­sur­ing pre­pared­ness ahead of the weather – which to­day’s tech­nol­ogy can now pro­vide.

DTN’s WeatherSen­try de­liv­ers real-time in­for­ma­tion on tem­per­a­ture, pre­cip­i­ta­tion, wind speed and di­rec­tion, dew point and hu­mid­ity. Fur­ther, the plat­form pro­vides de­tails on grow­ing de­gree days (GDD), evap­o­tran­spi­ra­tion and soil mois­ture and tem­per­a­ture. This gives con­sis­tent, ac­cu­rate and rel­e­vant weather data, in­valu­able to farm­ers’ plan­ning.

WeatherSen­try’s in­sights em­power farm­ers to an­tic­i­pate weather events, such as rain, pre­cise to their lo­ca­tion. Us­ing DTN as a trusted ad­vi­sor en­ables farm­ers to op­ti­mise op­er­a­tions and au­tonomously de­cide whether to em­ploy its ad­vi­sory based on cus­tomised fore­casts. This speci­ficity pro­vides a far more re­li­able source than main­stream news, which is of­ten based on pop­u­la­tion-dense towns and cities, rather than ru­ral farm­ing zones.

DTN’s farm­ers are able to man­age their crops and an­i­mals more strate­gi­cally by com­bin­ing the data from WeatherSen­try with on-site weather sta­tions, which al­low them to ag­gre­gate real-time in­for­ma­tion from their own fields, for in­creased pre­ci­sion and cus­tomised alerts.

Fur­ther­more, DTN can im­ple­ment soil mois­ture probes to pro­vide data based on soil and at­mo­spheric mois­ture, to track the im­pact of rain­fall on the ground’s pro­file to as­sist in man­ag­ing re­sources ac­cord­ingly.

DTN is cur­rently of­fer­ing a free seven-day trial to the WeatherSen­try plat­form for farm­ers and busi­nesses to ex­plore how their ac­tion­able in­sights may ben­e­fit them.

This pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity to work with the DTN team to tailor the pro­gram ac­cord­ing to in­di­vid­ual needs.

Their aim is to in­tro­duce the Aus­tralian agri­cul­tural in­dus­try to the re­sults reaped from hav­ing greater con­trol and un­der­stand­ing of the weather and its im­pact on growth, re­sponse and op­er­a­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact DTN on

(07) 3103 7531 or via email matt.saun­der­son@dtn.com.

CUT­TING EDGE: DTN weather sta­tion in­stalled near Kin­garoy, Queens­land. This weather sta­tion is vis­i­ble in WeatherSen­try, with ob­ser­va­tions, fore­casts, alerts and spray condition out­looks avail­able for this spe­cific lo­ca­tion.

The desk­top edi­tion of WeatherSen­try can be ac­cessed from a PC, al­low­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion of cur­rent and fore­cast con­di­tions for all avail­able weather sta­tions, as well as vi­su­al­i­sa­tion of all con­di­tions, fore­casts and warn­ings that af­fect the farm lo­ca­tion.

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