Peace – Agriculture Weather Monitoring & Decision Support Tools [pc06]
|Status||completed in 2017|
|Project Lead||BC Grain Producers’ Association|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, BC Branch of the Canadian Seed Growers Association, BC Grain Producers’ Association, Peace Region Forage Seed Association, Peace River Regional District|
Download and read the project summary as a PDF: Good Data Informs Good Decisions in Climate of Change.
During the development of the Peace Adaptation Strategies, increasing producer access to weather data emerged as a priority to support real-time, seasonal and long-term decision-making and planning. Improved baseline weather data is also needed to inform other actions identified through the Adaptation Strategies such as strengthening monitoring for pests and diseases. As a first step, a comprehensive assessment of current weather monitoring and data availability, as well as options for improvement, was completed in the spring of 2014, see Enhancing Agriculturally Relevant Weather Data (April 2014).
This project implemented the recommendation of the 2014 report to establish a collaborative approach to expanding and maintaining the weather monitoring network within the BC Peace region. 16 new weather stations were installed within the region. The data from these stations compliments data from 7 existing stations. At the inception of this project, there was a total of 100,000 hectares covered adequately (within a 15 km radius of the existing weather stations) and now, as a result of this project, there are approximately 400,000 hectares covered.
A region-specific weather and decision-support tool website has been developed to analyze and share this data at www.weatherfarmprd.com. The website provides the data gathered from all 23 stations and allows individuals to create a username to access more in-depth weather forecasting (hourly, daily) and decision tools on a field by field basis; including crop specific growth stages, crop heat units, growing degree days calculator, evapotranspiration/water check, soil water balance, Fusarium Head Blight risk and a forage calculator, as well as raw historical weather data. The new website was shared at workshops and meetings and a fact sheet is under development for producers in the region to increase awareness of the broadened weather data and tools available.
The following user guide explains how to use the website, and is also available on the website homepage.
- WeatherFarmPRD.com (2017 user guide) (2 MB pdf)