Jeff Hamlin, director of customer success at Climate Corp., explains how a smartphone app can help farmers in the field. He chatted with farmers at the Asgrow/DeKalb Ag Academy.
Jeff Hamlin, director of customer success at Climate Corp., explains how a smartphone app can help farmers in the field. He chatted with farmers at the Asgrow/DeKalb Ag Academy.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A smartphone app is available to help farmers access weather information for specific fields.

The app comes in two forms, Climate Basic and Climate Pro. The Basic app is a free service that tracks precipitation, hail and other data for specific fields. Climate Pro is for sale and offers more in-depth services.

Joe Haase, a corn and soybean farmer from east-central Indiana, started using the Climate Basic app this spring.

“My experience has been pretty positive,” he said. “I like to know, from my living room, how much rain we had throughout the night. It’s nice to know what you’re getting into when you’re going out there.

“Farmers are going to go check their field no matter what the app says. But it’s been pretty accurate, so I like it a lot.”

Jeff Hamlin, director of customer success at Climate Corp., helped start the company seven years ago. Recently, the company was purchased by Monsanto.

Hamlin shared information about the app at the Asgrow/DeKalb Ag Academy.

“We had to build a system that could tell us, for any field in the U.S. Corn Belt, what’s happening on a daily basis — temperature, wind speed, soil conditions, growth stage of crops,” he said.

“We had to understand what those conditions were, and we’ve been building up the ability to do this over the last seven years.”

The system has the capacity to send text and email alerts when major weather events are on the horizon. It can help farmers make the best decisions on a field-by-field basis.

“We’re continually adding to what the product can do,” Hamlin said. “It’s going to continue to change based on feedback from farmers in the field.”

To learn more about the app, visit www.climate.com.