We're Partnering With DTN to Create a Local Weather Network

what is a local weather network?

A local weather network is a grouping of individual rural weather stations into a functional model. A weather station is a grouping of sensors placed in a location to collect the data necessary for a weather forecast. Individual weather stations don’t provide enough data to base a strong management decision. By networking and linking the data of multiple individual stations together with DTN meteorologist expertise a local forecast will be more accurate and better suited for confident decision making.

Why we're starting one

Weather data is critical to making sound and economical irrigation and pest management decisions. Finding a good source of local weather has always been a challenge. As farmers ourselves we are always looking for new ways to improve our decision making process. In order for us to make good irrigation decisions we are always looking for sources of local weather data. The DTN weather network brings all the data needed into one place and provides a forecast based on that data. The forecasts are done by certified meteorologist. The power of knowledge makes us confident in the decisions we make based on the data DTN provides.

Insect Management

• Western Bean Cutworm
• European Cornbore

Sprayer Management

• Maximize timing of applications
• Minimize weather risk

Irrigation Management

• Better rainfall records by field
• Projected ET for the forecast period

This network will give you the tools that will:

• Give you the ability to quickly catch and manage in season issues that are threating your field
• Get the economic impact of those issues, to better understand financial and BU costs of taking/not taking action
• Know exactly what is happening at your field and what will happen anytime from any of your fields
• Improve decisions around the use of placement of resources like labor, equipment, chemicals and irrigation
• Help provide water savings and energy costs through smarter irrigation
• Sensors measuring soil moisture, soil temperature, solar radiation and leaf wetness.
  (This delivers detailed field level forecasts, sub-acre conditions, and insights for specific areas and geographic regions)
• Specific alerts for specific weather events or field conditions to help reduce risk and support strategic field operations

“My forecasts are for my farm, not for 30 miles away. That makes a real difference.”

- Ethan Zoerb, Mason City, Nebraska

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How It Works

DTN AG Weather Station

DTN Spray Outlook

DTN Smart Trap

DTN Agronomic Insights

watch the webinar we co-hosted with dtn

Weather Station Data:

• Precipitation
• Air Temp
• GDD and GDD Projection
• Dew Point, Humidity, ET
• Humidity
• Wind Speed and direction
• Solar radiation
• Soil moisture, Soil Temp and Leaf Wetness

DTN Smart Traps Data:

• Counts and reports of target pests
• Access to daily insect counts
• Less time in field, more time evaluating fields overall health

Field Level Current Weather, Forecast and Total Year Levels Data Access

Weather Agronomic Insights and Alerts

Spray Outlook: Time Your Sprays With Weather Events to Avoid Inversion

Weather and Growth Stage Tools

case studies

Mark Nowak - DTN Weather Station Success

Mark Nowak - Field Specific Value

Mark Nowak - DTN Weather Station Accuracy

Learn what they were up against, what DTN did to help, and what the impact was.

“I’ve been a customer of DTN for 30- plus years. The service they provide is second to none.”

- Marlan Johnson, Eagle, Nebraska

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“It’s nice to be able to quickly pull up real-time local bids on our phones.”

- Quentin Connealy, Tekamah, Nebraska

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“We need to easily access accurate weather information for all our farms from wherever we are — at one of the farms, at home, or even out of state.”

- Cronin Farms, Gettysburg, South Dakota

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“It’s greatly enhanced our ability to be able to plan ahead for the days when the weather allows for spraying conditions to match the label requirements.”

- Fred Helms, Southwestern Illinois

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“The time I used to spend driving to check the field can be spent doing other things. It makes me more efficient. It’s a real time-saver. ”

- Keith Regnier, Lynd, Minnesota

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“I can personally monitor what’s going on [in my fields] from the convenience of my office and my smartphone.”

- Mark Nowak, Wells, MN

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Additional Resources

how to join

Call us at 402-843-8342 or email Rich at baf@midplns.com to get started