“My Florida Farm Weather” App Gives Agricultural Producers Real-Time Weather Data
According to a recent press release from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the “My Florida Farm Weather” online app gives agricultural producers in the Sunshine state the ability to access real-time weather information online and on-the-go in an effort to save costs and reduce water usage and runoff.
This new program provides farmers the opportunity to access key up-to-the-minute weather variables such as rainfall, temperature, humidity, dew point, wind speed, and wind direction. The information can be accessed online, where a state map of Florida will be provided that aggregates data collected from weather stations on private agricultural lands throughout Florida. The information is available online and through Android platforms with iPhone capabilities to be introduced in the near future.
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam H. Putnam, says about the new technology in the press release, “This technology will help Florida agricultural producers more efficiently manage irrigation and the application of nutrients on their lands. Real-time weather data will also help producers save costs and mitigate their impact on the environment.”
So far, 79 operations are participating in the pilot program across Florida, according to the release. Any and all producers enrolled in Florida’s agricultural Best Management Practices are eligible to participate.
This new technology aims to provide agricultural producers in Florida with key weather variables that could impact their jobs and responsibilities. The online app will hopefully help farmers save costs and reduce water usage and runoff according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.