Growers need to know the weather conditions and pay careful attention to what’s going on outside. “Minimizing weather risk requires knowledge,” says Beth Bishop, the coordinator of Michigan State University's Enviro-weather program. “Growers need to know the current weather conditions and have an idea of what they will be in the near future."

Weather information is extremely valuable in guiding a host of farm management decisions. Therefore, weather stations are an invaluable tool in a grower's arsenal.

Ways in which weather stations can help growers include assessing live wind conditions (speed/direction) for spraying chemicals; applying a herbicide when temperature, humidity and rainfall conditions assure best results; documenting wind for spray drift complaints; forecasting diseases; predicting crop or insect stages to ensure timely treatments; and predicting yields and harvest quality attributes. However, it can be difficult to extract these insights from the raw data weather stations generate.

Luckily, farm management software can be linked to weather stations in order to process and present this information so that it is easy-to-read and actionable for the grower.

Cloud-based farm management platforms integrating with weather stations and remote data sensors allow users to aggregate their data with other real-time farm data such as soil data, weather data, and satellite data to establish more comprehensive insights about their operations.