Weather Pro is the new digital tool from Syngenta to let you see into the future.
Ok, only in a small way, specifically relating to weather conditions (no checking next weeks lottery numbers), but still its a pretty powerful platform if you want to get under the skin of what’s happening in the coming days.
Have a closer look at:
- Temperature (Maximum, Minimum and hourly)
- Wind (speeds, direction and temperature)
- Soil moisture
- Soil temperature
You can select a specific weather model if you have a preferred option, and set a bookmark so it remembers your preferred location.
We’ve talked a lot recently about the drivers of fungal disease in turf, and when you think about them (adequate temperature, leaf wetness).
They are primarily driven by forces outside you control e.g. weather patterns.
You already know that keeping track of what the weather is doing is an important task, and I’m not saying to stop watching the weather forecast or delete the 5 weather apps you have on your phone.
Weather Pro is design to let you dig a little deeper into what’s going to affect managing your turf. We’re not reinventing the wheel here, its all powered by the same weather data set that powers the other Greencast tools, but this tool allows you to “go down the rabbit hole” of weather if you are so inclined.
It comes with some challenges; its all based on weather modelling, so its not me running around putting down thousands of soil temperature and moisture probes to varying depths.
For soil temperature at 0-10cm depth for example, the model would work it out by taking the air temperature for that area and then factoring in how long it takes for that depth of soil to change temperature. So in theory if you had a very swanky soil temperature probe it would give you more accurate data for your site. The downside to that approach is how far from your new piece of kit do you trust? 1 meter, 10?
So use the tool knowing what it is, a model which is not perfect, but no system is and you can still get some amazing insights.