SAN FRANCISCO, October 9, 2012 – The Climate Corporation today announced its new climate.com service to provide growers with weather and crop insights for their fields. To date, The Climate Corporation has helped farmers protect their operations with technology-driven weather insurance. With climate.com, the company is expanding its offerings to also help growers plan and manage their operations, saving them time and improving their operational decision-making.
“Farmers tell us that they can’t get all the weather and agronomic data they want, organized in the way that makes it useful for them,” says DavidFriedberg, founder and CEO of The Climate Corporation. “We not only have the data they’re looking for, but we have developed a service to present that information in an elegant and accessible experience,” says David Friedberg, founder and CEO of The Climate Corporation. “On Climate.com, we have taken the first steps in unleashing the power of our unique data and analyses, giving agricultural producers what they’ve never had before – valuable insights that will support their seasonal planning and daily decision-making.”
With climate.com, growers will be able to get snapshot views of recent and forecasted precipitation and other weather conditions on their fields to manage their daily work. To get started, growers will simply select their fields through an interactive map, save those fields, and can then check them at any time from their computer, tablet or smartphone.
Climate.com Features for the 2013 Growing Season
Beginning with the 2013 growing season, growers will be able to get field-level insights for all their fields in a single view, including being able to:
Field Weather Forecasts
· Get a snapshot view of current weather conditions for each field
· Plan their day with high-resolution hourly and daily forecasts for each of their fields
· Monitor field-level hourly wind speed and wind direction during spraying days
· Plan their work week with short-range weather forecasts for each of their fields
Field Precipitation and Soil Moisture Tracking
· Track how much it has rained over the last day and last week on each of their fields
· See the cumulative amount of rainfall that each of their fields has received across the growing season
· Monitor ongoing soil moisture levels to evaluate whether it is possible to work in any given field
Heat Units and Growth Stage Tracking
· Track the season-long heat unit accumulation across all their fields
· Monitor the expected timing of crop growth stages, including full maturity, based on in-season weather
· Be alerted to key temperature related risks – drought and heat stresses – associated with the temperature patterns of the season
Planting Date Analysis
· Explore how different planting dates will impact their risk from key weather perils, including excess rain, drought, heat, and freeze
· Identify optimal planting date and seed variety for each of their fields
Growers can visit climate.com today to explore the interactive weather history tool, where they can get customized views of precipitation and temperature data for any location, explore weather history for that location in graphical and map-based formats, and compare this year’s weather at that location to another year, or to historical averages.
Growers will be able to access the other features of the climate.com service as they go live for the 2013 growing season. Every grower will have free access to the service for evaluation. Ongoing free access will be available through independent crop insurance agents who are authorized by The Climate Corporation.
The climate.com service is powered by The Climate Corporation’s unique technology platform. With over 200 Terabytes of analysis and data from more than 30 unique data sources, 22 weather datasets ingested multiple times a day, and a growing set of third-party and proprietary data sources, this underlying technology enables rapid new feature development for the free climate.com service.
About The Climate Corporation The Climate Corporation's mission is to help all the world's people and businesses manage and adapt to climate change. The company aims to protect the $3 trillion global agriculture industry from the financial impact of adverse weather—the cause of over 90 percent of crop loss—with fully automated weather insurance products. The company's unique technology platform enables the real-time pricing and purchasing of customizable weather insurance using proprietary global weather simulation modeling and local weather monitoring systems. Unlike traditional insurance, The Climate Corporation's products pay out automatically based solely on measured weather conditions, requiring no claims process and no waiting for payment. For more information, please visit http://www.climate.com or follow the company on Twitter @climatecorp.