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The Rise of Agri-Weather Technology

 By David Armaah

The agricultural sector is undergoing a significant transformation, driven by advances in technology. One in recent years is the rise of agri-weather technology. This convergence of agriculture and meteorological science is enabling farmers to make more informed decisions, optimize their resources, and ultimately increase crop yields.

The Role of Agri-Weather Technology
According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), adverse weather conditions account for approximately 60% of global crop losses. The increasing unpredictability of weather patterns due to climate change is contributing to these challenges, making it essential for farmers to adopt more sophisticated tools to mitigate risks.

Here comes the role of Agri-weather technology which integrates advanced meteorological data with agricultural practices, providing real-time insights and predictive analytics. This technology encompasses a range of tools, including weather stations, satellite imagery, IoT devices, and machine learning algorithms. These tools collect and analyse vast amounts of data, offering farmers detailed information on weather conditions, soil moisture levels, and crop health.

The key benefits of Agri-weather technology mainly revolve around 3 concepts; Precision Agriculture, 

Risk Management and Resource Optimisation.

Case Study: Arable’s IoT-Enabled Crop Monitoring
An innovative player in the agri-weather technology space is Arable, a startup that focuses on IoT-enabled crop monitoring. Arable’s flagship product, the Arable Mark, is a solar-powered device that combines weather sensors, crop sensors, and a data analytics platform to provide comprehensive insights into field conditions.
Location: USA, CEO: James Ethington

Case Study: Climate FieldView by The Climate Corporation
One of the leading examples of agri-weather technology in action is Climate FieldView by The Climate Corporation. Founded in 2006 and later acquired by Monsanto (now part of Bayer AG), The Climate Corporation has been at the forefront of integrating weather data with agronomic insights.

Climate FieldView provides farmers with a digital platform that collects and analyzes data from various sources, including weather stations, satellite imagery, and field sensors
Location: USA, CEO: Michael K. Stern

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