Finding the Perfect Planting Window: The Evolution of Weather Forecast

Because outside factors, such as weather, affect the outcome of a crop, planning becomes a very integral part of the planting process, in an attempt to strategically manage the factors that a farmer can control.

In the business of farming, weather can be friend or foe. During planting season, farmers wait for the best opportunity to plant their crops. If heavy rains have softened the field, the fields are not workable for the heavy machinery. If the forecast is not clear for several days, farmers could fall behind in their schedule and may not be able to plant their fields in a single period of time. Even after planting, farmers wait anxiously for the first rainfall and then hope for the ideal mix of timely rains and just-right temperatures for the crops to grow well.

With any craft, as we mature, we have a better understanding of the necessary advancements needed to be successful. We adopt tools that bring ease and precision to our decisions. Also, the integration of science, mainstream media and technology, such as smart phones, change the way many of us operate and react within our professions. This has happened in the field of weather forecasting, where meteorologists have continuously improved the accuracy of weather data collection and its impacts. These improvements in weather accuracy have had a tremendous impact on agriculture.

During early civilization, farmers looked to the clouds to determine what weather may come. They relied on their past experiences and created lore and proverbs for weather prediction. Today, we have weather data at the click of a button or a touch of a screen, wherever we are and whenever we want. Now, there are tools provided by The Climate Corporation, such as Climate Basic and Climate Pro, which are pinpointing weather conditions on a field-level basis, helping farmers anticipate problems and optimize decision-making.

While farmers still can’t control Mother Nature, the improvements in weather forecasting have helped farmers throughout history make more informed decisions on their farms and minimize risk.

Here are a few fun facts about how weather forecasting has helped to make it easier for farmers to find that perfect window to plant their crops.

Scroll over the raindrops to learn about the evolution of weather forecasting, and look to the clouds for a few proverbs about the sky.