Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

Metservice Goes Farming

Issued by MetService at 4pm 28-Nov-2006

Metservice Goes Farming

The new rural weather web pages on the free MetService.com web site are now providing the weather information that farmers have asked for.

"Farmers' livelihood depends on the weather," said MetService Weather Ambassador Bob McDavitt. "At this year's National Fieldays we gathered ideas from farmers about what weather information they wanted from the Internet and we have now put these together in our rural weather section."

"Farming is all about turning rain into dollars, and so it isn't surprising that rain information is what the farmers wanted first. Our rain section provides a national view on rainfall for the past week, the past day, a radar loop for the past six hours, and a computer model giving expected rain for the next three days."

Farmers want quick access to weather information that will help their decision-making. "The first page in our rural weather section indicates any weather warnings and provides a place where anyone can click on their location to get access to a regional forecast covering the next ten days."

"The winning formula for weather forecasting is to get the best ideas and then to twist these with your own local knowledge. MetService isn't in a position to provide localised forecasts for every farm in the country, but many farmers know how their place varies from a spot down the road. On our 23 regional pages we offer 40 spots with a full hour-by-hour weather-graph covering temperature and rainfall, along with major wind changes. These graphs give today's observations and a forecast going out until the day after tomorrow."

MetService rural weather includes free access to their seasonal forecast which gives an overview of likely weather patterns for the next two months. MetService is also making local weather forecasts for 45 locations available via text messaging so that farmers can get a weather update via cell phone when out and about on the farm.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 



Electricity Authority: Review Of Competition In The Wholesale Electricity Market Raises Questions

In March 2021 the Electricity Authority announced it would conduct a review into competition in the wholesale electricity market. The period of the review covers the sustained elevated electricity prices since an unplanned outage at the Pohokura gas facility in Spring 2018... More>>


Government: RSI ‘State Of The Nation’ Report Published
latest research, science and innovation system report card is now available, and outlines how the system is performing, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods has announced. “The report seeks to increase transparency, act as a reliable data source and stimulate discussion... More>>




Fonterra: Increases 2021/22 Forecast Farmgate Milk Price

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited today increased and narrowed its forecast Farmgate Milk Price range to NZD $7.90 - $8.90 per kgMS, from NZD $7.25 - $8.75 per kgMS. The midpoint of the range, which farmers are paid off, has increased to NZD $8.40 per kgMS, from NZD $8.00 per kgMS... More>>




Pamu & Westpac: Market-leading Sustainability-Linked Loan

Westpac NZ and Pāmu have signed New Zealand’s most comprehensive Sustainability-Linked Loan to date, also the largest in the agricultural sector, and the first involving a state-owned enterprise. Pāmu, also known as Landcorp, is New Zealand’s biggest farming business. It will borrow $85m from Westpac NZ over three years... More>>


Retail NZ: Some Good News In COVID Announcements, But Firm Dates Needed

Retail NZ is welcoming news that the Government is increasing financial support for businesses in light of the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, and that retail will be able to open at all stages of the new “Covid Protection Framework... More>>

ComCom: Companies In Hot Water For Selling Unsafe Hot Water Bottles And Toys

A wholesaler and a retailer have been fined a total of $140,000 under the Fair Trading Act for selling hot water bottles and toys that did not comply with mandatory safety requirements. Paramount Merchandise Company Limited (Paramount) was fined $104,000 after pleading guilty in the Manukau District Court... More>>