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
Hamlin shared information about the app at the Asgrow/DeKalb
“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
To learn more about the app, visit www.climate.com.