Podcast | Personalized Weather Technology On Successful Farming Radio
14 March 2022 – Benchmark Labs Inc. (Benchmark Labs), a leading provider of asset-specific environmental forecasting solutions, is featured on Successful Farming Radio. CEO and Co-Founder Carlos Gaitan is interviewed for the podcast in an episode titled “Personalized Weather Technology.” Jodi Henke of Successful Farming hosts Mr. Gaitan to discuss the benefits of IoT technologies and artificial for far more accurate weather forecasting in the agricultural space.
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From Successful Farming:
My dad always used to say, “When it rained 40 days and 40 nights, we only got two-tenths”. Weather forecasts from the National Weather Service encompass a broad area. Sometimes the temperature or rainfall in one part of your county is vastly different from what happens on your farm, which can make daily management decisions tricky.
A new company called Benchmark Labs in California has developed a system to target weather forecasts for your specific location. CEO Carlos Gaitan says they use data coming from loT sensors on your farm that monitor environmental conditions.
“It’s hardware that combines many sensors that record. Usually relative humidity, temperature, wind speed and direction, maybe solar radiation pressure,” says Gaitan. “We get information from the farms with these sensors and then we correct the forecast of the national weather agencies all over the world to match, or to be more accurate, more reflective, of the conditions at the farm level.”
Web and phone apps will give real-time data and weather forecasts.
“We use the core information from the IoT sensors, but we also get data from the National Weather Service to provide a forecast up to 10 days into the future at the hourly level,” he says. “Farmers care deeply about what is going to happen over the next 24 hours, and we provide them a forecast for those variables for the next day. And then in the web and mobile app, they can see the forecast for the next 10 days.”
Gaitan says this technology can improve the accuracy of weather forecasts at your location by as much as 60%.