You can’t rely on the weather – but you can rely on the accuracy of our SCADAfarm weather service to know if rain is on its way.
That’s because WaterForce and agricultural weather experts, DTN, are bringing a powerful combination of tools together.
WaterForce’s unique Terra Test helps reveal the exact soil composition across your entire property. It takes factors like crops and root depth into account and can be calculated paddock by paddock. Understanding this information is key to knowing how much water you need to apply for maximum growth and production.
DTN is the largest provider of agricultural weather data in the United States. They use hundreds of different weather models and specialise in discovering which one works best for different locations. This is an important feature because our weather can be highly localised. Just because rain falls in one valley, doesn’t mean it’s going to fall across an entire region.
In early 2017 WaterForce will install DTN’s specialised weather stations across rural New Zealand to create a new rural weather grid. DTN’s algorithms will then calculate which model to use in different regions to produce the most accurate, detailed forecasts for Kiwi farmers, orchardists and vineyards.
By conducting a Terra Test on your property and signing up to our new SCADAfarm weather service, you’ll have access to accurate, real-time weather data to help you make better water management decisions. We’ll even send you regular text alerts predicting the level of irrigation your particular farm or orchard will need in the next 24 or 48 hours.