December 3, 2020

Is Your Rain Gauge Obsolete? Top 10 Reasons to try Climate Corporation’s Online Tools

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SciMax Solutions Specialists Rodney Legleiter and Rachel Amundson check out Climate tools online.

Imagine waking up in the morning, going online, and signing in to see how much it rained on your fields in the night. You can scan the information in the comfort of your home while enjoying your morning cup of coffee.

It’s possible, thanks to The Climate Corporation’s convenient Climate tools, including the free Climate Basic online service and App. “I tell growers that Climate Basic is something everyone should be using,” said Greg Sweeney, seed team leader at MaxYield Cooperative. “There’s lots of good information there, no matter how big or small your operation is.”

There are 10 good reasons to visit www.climate.com and get started with the free Climate Basic system, which lets you:

1. Track rainfall the easy way. After you create your password-protected Climate Basic account online, you can easily map your fields. Search by section or township, select your fields, and name them. Then the system will start tracking weather information, including rainfall. “I was surprised by how accurate it is,” said Sweeney, who used the tool throughout the 2014 growing season. “It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty impressive.” The rainfall total reflects an average of the field as a whole, not just one reading where a traditional rain gauge is located. For a field near Algona that Sweeney tracked, the system recorded individual rainfall events, such as the 3.52 inches that fell on the field on June 16. The system also adds up rainfall throughout the season. In Sweeney’s example, rainfall totaled 28.6 inches on the Algona field from April 1 to Sept. 15.

2. Receive email or text message alerts. You can receive Climate Corporation emails or text message updates daily about how much rainfall your fields have received in the past 24 hours. Your account can also notify you when your fields get hail. Where does all this information come from? “Climate Corporation models the data from radar,” Sweeney said.

3. Use the App. While Climate Basic’s smartphone App has much less information than the website, it can track rainfall for the past 24 hours, predict precipitation amounts for the next 24 hours, and provide other basic tools.

4. Check out weather forecasts. The Climate Basic website provides the latest weather forecasts. (Note: this option isn’t available on the Climate Basic App.)

5. Access useful weather graphs. Climate Basic records the high and low temperature for your area every day throughout the growing season. It also compiles this information in an easy-to-read line graph.

6. Review history at a glance. Climate Basic offers historical weather data related to your fields. Not only can you view a chart of accumulated precipitation throughout the growing season, but you can review previous years’ rainfall data, too.

7. Monitor crop growth stages. After you enter your planting dates into the system, Climate Basic will monitor the growth stages of your crop during the growing season.

8. Assess field workability. Climate Basic can make predictions about when your fields will be fit for fieldwork by tracking the percentage of soil moisture and the growth stage of the crop.

9. Record field scouting notes. Climate Basic offers a handy way to record and access your field scouting notes.

10. Utilize customer support. Climate Corporation offers an excellent customer support system to help you maximize the technology, Sweeney said.

You can also count on MaxYield to answer any questions about Climate Corporation’s online tools. SciMax Solutions team members are experts in Climate Corporation’s technology-based solutions. MaxYield’s seed solutions specialists and agronomy team members are also familiar with Climate Basic and know how it works. “Feel free to contact us with any questions,” Sweeney said.

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Ready for more? Climate Corporation also offers Climate Pro, a secure, web-based system with five additional resources.

“Climate Pro can help you maximize your high-yielding farms,” said Peter Bixel, team leader for SciMax Solutions. “It is also useful if you have fields 20 miles away or more from where you live.”

There is an acre-based fee for Climate Pro, which has no App but includes five web-based tools (known as “Advisors”) for:

1. Planting. Enter your crop’s maturity, and Climate Pro will advise you about when you should be able to plant, based on weather forecasts. “It may tell you to switch hybrids or varieties, depending on weather conditions in your area,” Bixel said. This Advisor ties in with the Precision Planting system, so you can sync your data from the 20/20 monitor right to your Climate Pro account. “You don’t have to enter any information, since the data can go right to the cloud,” Bixel said.

2. Nitrogen. This tool isn’t a big focus for SciMax Solutions clients, because SciMax Nitrogen offers a better resource, Bixel said.

3. Field Health. This satellite imagery feature is somewhat similar to the R7® Tool, which combines local data with precision ag technology. It helps you find ways to fix the poorer-producing areas of your fields and push yields even higher in the good areas.
4. Pests. Climate Pro makes crop scouting easier. “It tracks when corn larvae might be a challenge, for example, based on temperature and other factors,” Bixel said. “It helps you know what to look for where and when as you scout your fields.”

5. Harvest. This is one of Climate Pro’s most unique features, Bixel said. After entering your corn hybrid and planting data, the tool will give you an idea of when the crop should dry down to around 18% moisture. This can help you determine when to harvest for optimal results.

“We believe there will be some things of real value for you in Climate Pro,” Bixel said. “These resources also fit well with SciMax Solutions and MaxYield’s seed solutions.”

The 2015 fee for Climate Pro is $3 per acre. Clients will sign an agreement with MaxYield to participate in the program. Climate Pro is flexible, Bixel added. “You don’t have to commit all your fields. You can pick and choose which acres you want to include.”

Going forward, the Climate Corporation plans to add more Advisors to the Climate Pro tool. “This technology will continue to evolve and get better,” Bixel said. “We look forward to helping you make the most of it.”

For more information on Climate Basic or Climate Pro online tools, contact your local SciMax solutions specialist, or your nearest MaxYield seed or agronomy team member. ■

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