"We primarily use it to monitor rainfall. We operate a large area and have not covered the entire area with our weather stations, so it's beneficial to be able to see the areas where we don't have weather stations."
"In early June 2019, we launched the 'Network Package,' which collects weather data from all operational FieldSense weather stations in Denmark and shares this knowledge with connected farmers. During the development phase of the Network Package, we conducted several workshops with farmers. They were presented with prototypes and possible app homepages and were asked for their feedback on its functionality. Others were consulted on which weather parameters should be prioritized and how the app should be designed to be practical for real-world use."
One of these test participants was Christian Sommerlund, operations manager at JSJ-Agro in Northern Jutland. JSJ-Agro manages approximately 3,000 hectares, and Christian sees clear opportunities for how the Network Package can provide better overview on the farm.
"We primarily use it to keep an eye on precipitation. We operate a large area and haven't covered the entire area with our weather stations, so it's beneficial to be able to see the areas where we don't have weather stations."
JSJ-Agro's areas span across a larger geographical area in Northern Jutland, which is why they deal with different types of climates across the regions.
We did the same with soil temperature. It was interesting, when we had frost at night about a month ago, to compare the temperatures in our coastal areas with the areas further inland. With the Network Package, we get better coverage of our areas, allowing us to move our own weather stations around depending on where we want data from our own fields.
The Network Package utilizes weather data from the country's FieldSense weather stations, which will reach almost 1,000 units by midsummer 2019. In this way, farmers now have access to highly accurate weather data in Denmark from a network that is updated every 10 minutes. Within the Network Package, users can choose to view precipitation, soil temperature, and air temperature, with additional parameters being added continuously.