A weather station is a facility that has been set up in a specified locality with special equipment that will record analyze and the readings to help in forecasting weather and climate changes. The equipment in this post is a thermometer that will measure the temperature, barometer for atmospheric pressure, the rain gauge for rain water and precipitation, the anemometer for the speed of the wind among others. These equipment have special sensors that will help in accurate readings of these weather patterns.
The ability to accurately predict the weather patterns plays a vital role in the agricultural sector of an area.Having such a station in a farm will help a farmer in his activities. Below are the advantages of having this station in agriculture.
- Accurate predict seasons.
With the help of these types of equipment, one can predict the upcoming weather patterns. For instance, the temperature collected will be used to determine the next rains for very high temperatures means there is a high level of moisture collection in the atmosphere. Once this happens, it converts to clouds that will result to rains. This knowledge will help a farmer to properly collect all the materials needed in readiness for the planting seasons. With this knowledge, some activities like drying of farm produce like grains can be carried out at the right time.
- Preparation for calamities.
Some of these digital pieces of equipment come with individual sensors, and these sensors will help the farmer in predictions of disasters like storms.armed with this knowledge a farmer can put up protective measures for his products and animals. This will ensure that there will be no losses that might be incurred when such calamities strike.
- Accurate data collection
With a weather station, one can get accurate weather data and information of the particular locality. Unlike depending on the meteorologists who cover a wide area in their forecasts. With special area targetted a farmer can plan and put to action all the necessary and required steps towards the agricultural practices that they engage in.
- Maximum profits.
With clear and precise plans that come with proper and accurate weather predictions, a farmer can carry out his agricultural activities properly. When that is done according to the expected weather patterns, high yields will be expected and be achieved resulting in high profits when sold.
- Healthy and good farm produce.
With the accurate weather prediction thanks to the weather stations, a farmer can plan of the weather patterns. With the ability to determine the upcoming weather a farmer can plan for protection of his crops and animals. With different seasons come different diseases from the farm products and animals. With this knowledge, the plants can be sprayed earlier, and the animals can be vaccinated before hand. This will offer maximum protection against seasonal diseases resulting in maximum and healthy produce. As mentioned earlier this will increase the farmer’s profits and profit margin significantly.
- Investment costs.
Many factors can go wrong due to weather calamities and misfortunes; These tragedies will result in significant losses for a farmer.Investing in a weather station will help a farmer in predicting of the upcoming weather patterns and climate changes.Accurate information on these two areas will save the farmer a lot of headaches and save a lot of money that will have been otherwise being lost when such calamities strike.
7.Protection of crops.
A windsock is one of the weather equipment that is found in the weather station. It determines the wind direction and intensity of an area.With this knowledge, a farmer can correctly support his crops to prevent them from breaking their stems and leaves.The wind may also cause the plants to dry, with the knowledge of the wind intensity a farmer can cover the crops to protect them from the harsh weather.
The weather patterns and climate are natural occurrences, but they can be controlled, predicted with the help of the weather stations. A farmer should consider setting up his station so that he can fully reap the fruits of his labor.Though costly, the advantages of having an own station can not be ignored because they will save the farmer a lot of headaches in his agricultural activiti