Agriculture Minister Baston launches new weather app for farmers

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A new app developed by the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) is set to assist farmers by making weather information more mobile and accessible.

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The new DAFWA Weather Stations App, launched by Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston, draws on live data from more than 130 weather stations from the Kimberley to the South Coast, including five in the metropolitan area, providing info about temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, solar radiation and soil temperatures.

“This app will be a valuable addition to anyone’s smartphone and tablet – from city commuters to farmers. It shows users a range of information about the weather in a fairly localised area over the past 10 minutes. Weather conditions over the past week will be available for each site,” Mr Baston said in a statement.

“I expect it will prove popular with people who enjoy outdoor recreational activities, as well those who are travelling or have properties in different parts of the State. It also contains a range of derived information, such as delta-T values and evaporation that will be useful for farmers to assist with spray and irrigation programs.”

The app is free for download for Apple and Android users and complements the State Government’s $10 million Helping Grain Growers Better Manage Risk project by offering timely weather information across the Grainbelt and the South-West.

Click here to download the DAFWA Weather Stations App.