It is a truism to say that the weather is important to farmers. There is probably no other profession whose representatives follow the weather forecasts with such great attention and look at the sky every day.
What weather satellites can do
Temperature, rainfall, wind strength – all this is important for farmers and largely determines the quantity and quality of the obtained crops. There are many specialized websites publishing the weather for farmers on the Internet today. Where does this data come from and how is it obtained? Modern technology and satellites come to the rescue. Today, over 90 percent. The data used in weather models comes precisely from the satellites. Nowadays, meteorologists cannot imagine working without the data they generate. Weather satellites provide critical information about the state of the atmosphere or the land surface. The satellites collect measurements of atmospheric, land and ocean conditions, including sea surface and earth surface temperature, clouds, rainfall, snow and ice cover, fire locations, atmospheric temperature, water vapor and ozone). They also warn against hurricanes and blizzards.
Agriculture goes hand in hand with space technology
According to the Copernicus Market 2018 report, the use of Earth observation data in agriculture alone generates over EUR 18 million in revenue annually. The data available through applications and websites help farmers not only to find out what weather they can expect when carrying out their daily work, but also to properly plan the use of fertilizers and plan irrigation. Importantly, most accurate weather forecasts for farmers are available completely free of charge. Thanks to the data collected by satellites and available on the Internet, farmers are no longer alone in their daily struggle with the weather. Technology from space is on their side more and more often and more effectively.
A farmer with the weather in his pocket
The weather for farmers is of course available on the websites. Today, however, every farmer can have it even more at hand. The Internet is available on every smartphone, not only on traditional websites and weather portals, but also thanks to a huge number of weather applications. The data that can be checked with them are not only temperature and pressure, but also rainfall and wind strength. The applications offer a number of options and notifications that will help you plan your field or gardening work. In addition, they also advise when the weather is favorable, for example, to use spraying.