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Rainfall near Balaklava, South Australia. Credit CSIRO John Coppi

The need for tailored weather forecasts

Farmers, agronomists, agribusiness, suppliers, banks and others all need to make decisions that depend on the weather and climate. This information is needed at their fingertips and presented in a way that is directed to the specific decisions they need to make such as when to sow or harvest crops. This information can be as simple as the weather forecast or as complex as a crop yield forecast. Many also want it personalised for their individual farm.

Tailored services for farmers, agribusiness and industry

We provide a simple way to access and purchase weather and climate information packaged in ways groups in the agrifood chain need. We have a range of standard products or can tailor one to meet specific needs.

The Bureau of Meteorology Weather forecast via API (application programming interface)

Many apps need data supplied by an API to run efficiently. We provide the Bureau's Australian Digital Forecast Database (ADFD) forecast via API for agribusiness via a monthly subscription.

Localised weather forecasts for your paddock

We hear many times that the local weather forecast "doesn't represent what happens in my paddock." We have developed a complex algorithm to transform the Bureau of Meteorology's weather forecasts into one that is more accurate for specific locations. We ingest data from individual on-farm weather stations and use this to continually 'learn' how the forecast differs to what farmers experience on their farms. We can then provide personalised local weather forecasts.

Seasonal climate forecasts

Understanding the likely climate for the year ahead can help increase productivity and reduce risk. We work with farmers and growers to provide a climate forecast tailored to the risks they are concerned about. This may be the rainfall for the next three months, frost risk, overnight temperatures or any other factor that can affect farmer's bottom lines.

Many other data feeds are available, tailored for agricultural needs at time scales from tomorrow to next year.

Dr Jaci Brown

Research Director (Oceans & Atmosphere)

Jaci's research has spanned tropical oceanography, climate projections including impacts on natural disasters like bushfires, fisheries, high resolution ocean defence tools, and seasonal atmospheric processes in Australia.

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