In the Midsouth it seems that the question in the spring is “How much rain did you get?” Our lives revolve around rainfall, but as most are aware it is not always consistent across a region. This is where a basic app such as Climate|Basic can be useful. After approximately 10-15 minutes, you can set up an account, select your fields and start determining recent rainfall patterns across fields.
This program does feature a phone app. However, I would recommend starting on a computer to initially select your production fields. You will need to set up an account to start using Climate.
Step 2: Select the field/fields of interest and name the CLU.
Step 3: You are done.
At this point, you can keep adding fields or start to view rainfall over the past 72 hours. It does state, that rainfall in the past 24 hours may not add instantly.
Viewing the data:
In the phone app, each field will be listed separately. The workability is a suggestion concerning field access. You can click on one of the fields, and it will then show more data concerning this location. The data listed is: 1) rainfall in the past 72 hours, 2) rainfall in the past 24 hours, 3) chance of rain in the next 24 hours, 4) workability of the field, 5) soil moisture, 6) plant growth stage and 7) hourly rainfall chances.
At this time I have not checked the soil moisture reading to validate the results that are showing. However, the rainfall results have typically been within a 10th of an inch after evaluating values shown on the program.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Beatrix Haggard – Macon Ridge Research Station