If you can’t control it – predict it.

Christopher Heffernan
Wednesday April 16, 2008

If you can’t control it – predict it.
That’s what the Canadian Wheat Board hopes to do by providing farmers with access to up-to-the-second, local weather information. Working in partnership with WeatherBug, a private company specializing in weather information services, the CWB hopes to create a network of weather stations that will outstrip even what is currently offered by Environment Canada.

Since last August, the CWB has installed 150 weather stations and currently has another 200 on order. With the addition of several other partners, including Bayer crop science, there are now 900 weather stations on order to be installed across Western Canada over the next three years.

“What we’re talking about here is putting together a live weather network that will satisfy our needs, especially within agriculture, and for our farmers across Western Canada,” said Guy Ash, CWB analyst.

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