A Closer Look at Rainfall

Knowing exactly how much it rained on your fields is invaluable information to a grower. Accurate rainfall measurements make decision making easier and give insight into what a season’s yield is going to look like. That’s why growers have rain gauges all across their farm.

But why waste the time driving to all of your rain gauges when you can get all of the same information with Rainfall.  Our Rainfall product, inside Morning Farm Report, delivers field-specific rainfall measurements directly to you right when you need it.

With a subscription to Rainfall, priced at $149 for all of your fields, you get information on how much rainfall you've received in the last 24 hours, minimum and maximum values for adjacent fields, the local average, as well as rainfall totals for the last week, month, and year to date. 

After logging on to Morning Farm Report and heading to the “My Farms” section, you will get an overview of how much rain fell in each of your fields. The image below shows that most of the fields in “Home Farm” got around just under a half of an inch of rain. 

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By clicking on “Field 2” we can get a more detailed look at rainfall for that field. Here you can delete a field, make it a Priority field so it shows up on the top of the field list on the left, and change the year to get a historical perspective. When you change the year, it will show you results for Oct. 31st of that year. For rainfall, this allows you to see how much rain you received over previous growing seasons.

Scroll down a bit and you will see rainfall summaries for that field. You'll notice that these cards are colored. The color represents how much the rainfall measurement compares to the historical normal values: the more rain that fell compared to normal, the bluer the card will be. 

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The “Yesterday” card shows the total rainfall from 5 a.m. yesterday to 5 a.m. today. The “Minimum” and “Maximum” cards shows the minimum and maximum rainfall values for adjacent fields, and “Local Avg” is the weighted average of the adjacent fields taking into account local variability. No other rainfall measurement tool on the market provides these kinds of estimates, and we believe it will help growers really get an understanding of the variability around them. 

Just below those cards is historical information, including rainfall measurements for the last week, last month, and year to date. You might have noticed that some of the cards have changed color: the more rain that is accumulated in your area, the bluer the card will appear. In this example, the rainfall measurements for Yesterday and Last Month are higher than the historical normal values, as indicated by the blue cards. 

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The last thing you will see on the page are graphs showing the last 7 days and 30 days of rainfall. Here's the last 30 days for our field.

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One of the coolest parts about Morning Farm Report is the Map view. Changing over to the Map tab in Rainfall will give you an overhead view of all of your fields and how much rain fell on each of them. The amount of rain that fell in inches will appear directly to the right of the field name. In this view, we can see that our northernmost fields received just a bit less rain than the fields in the south. You can switch between rainfall for the last 24 hours, last week, and year to date. 

In addition to logging on and exploring your data, you can configure daily emails that will arrive in your inbox at 5am each morning. Some might even call it a Morning Farm Report. The daily email will show you how much rain fell from over the past 24 hours (5am until 5am) for each of your fields. Clicking on a field name will take you to that field on Morning Farm Report. 

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If Rainfall sounds like something you need on your farm, head over to Morning Farm Report to sign up. And as always, if you have any comments or questions about how to best utilize Rainfall, send us an email. 

If you're a Rainfall subscriber and have used it in an interesting way, let us know! We love getting feedback and testimonials from our customers.