SWIIM’s instrumentation and data sources provides the most accurate assessment of crop water usage currently available. This includes highly accurate climatic data, through multiple sources. However – there is a source that beats SWIIM’s accuracy, hands down.
Ever heard of a weather rock? If not, you haven’t been around enough ag fields. It is the most comprehensive, guaranteed accurate form of climatic measurement available. This one is from a site in the western US, although they are available on just about every ag field out there.
The history of the weather rock goes back generations – yes, it does poke fun at the intricate technology used in processing modern climatic data. Of course, although measuring accurate crop-water budgets (to which climate data is an important input) and the implication it can have on ag water availability isn’t a joking matter, we still can take a well placed joke here and there.
With many of our clients currently in harvest, this is a great time to visit a local grower – and thank them for their contribution to our food supply. If you need a refresher on how to use a weather rock, please read the instructions in the included picture, and enjoy!