Current condition review - Rainfall is ‘near’ normal in China this season, so why am I concerned about corn (and soybean) production?

Here at aWhere, we monitor the agricultural earth with a weather station’s worth of daily data every 9km – yes, every 9km we construct a virtual weather station. These observed data are current through yesterday and we provide 7 days (and up to 15 days) worth of hourly data for each of these virtual weather stations – forecasts are updated every 6 hours.

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aWhere’s Ag Intelligence - Foundation ‘big data’ Asset

aWhere’s Agricultural Intelligence products provide users with accurate – and localized - agricultural information for the entire agricultural earth. In order to accomplish this, aWhere integrates information from ground weather stations, Doppler weather stations, satellites, and other sources from around the world in order to create a continuous global ‘weather surfaces’(continuous, accurate, geographic layers of weather information). By collecting and organizing this information, aWhere is able to create a global network of more than 1.5 million virtual weather stations that provide daily observed and hourly forecast information. With quality data since 2006, recent increases in weather variability are captured at a hyper-local resolution.

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How thirsty is the atmosphere? Using PET to quantify atmospheric demand and monitor crop health.

Rainfall is clearly the key variable when monitoring crop production, but what are the ramifications of the warming atmosphere?  Even a slight increase in temperatures during the growing season is cause for careful monitoring.  More and more I am seeing reports when ‘near normal’ rainfall is equated to ‘all is well,’ yet there is a fundamental flaw in this thinking.

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New Farmer Service Launches in Uganda Using aWhere Data

Packaged weather alerts, agronomic tips, and crop insurance marketed to smallholders

In March 2017, the MUIIS Service launched in Uganda after a strong effort from local developers, farmer outreach agents, and international data providers. aWhere is proud to be one of the data partners in the MUIIS project, contributing to the agronomic design of the system and supplying weather data to fuel its regular updates. We started work on the MUIIS project in September of 2015, and our team has visited Uganda multiple times to work with on the ground partners in developing the service.

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Ugandan Coffee: an aWhere Investigation

Coffee is a critical cash crop in Uganda, and the country is one of the largest producers in the world. Coffee alone accounts for between 20 and 30 percent of foreign exchange earnings and employs an estimated 3.5 million workers. The production for coffee is spread across Uganda, with both Arabica and Robusta varieties in cultivation.

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Using Weather Data to Project Climate Migration: A collision of two complex systems

Every day at aWhere, we experience the difficulties of modeling and understanding the climate. In its own way, human migration is an equally difficult system to comprehend, and unlike in climate science, migration data is in short supply - most migrants, especially the vulnerable, are the least likely to be recorded by official statistics. This makes exploring the relationship between a changing climate and human migration a particularly challenging prospect.

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