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EARI13-071: Improved Crop Decisions in Central New Brunswick Through the Use of Weather Data

Applicant: New Brunswick Soil and Crop Improvement Association

Project Lead: Amy McFadgen

Project Year(s): 2013 -2014      Status: Complete

Funding Source: Canada/New Brunswick Growing Forward 2 (Non-Business Risk Management Programs)

Funding Program: Enabling Agricultural Research and Innovation

Objective: To help producers identify crop heat units and growing degree days across central New Brunswick to help with on-farm cropping decisions such as determining the best time to cut forages. The club Agrologist will be able to access the weather data on-line and send this to producers in a timely fashion. This will give the producers information on the first frost and total CHU’s and assist them with planning next year’s crop by choosing a crop that will grow in amount of heat units recorded for the area to ensure the crop will reach maturity.

Deliverables: The deliverables are access to producers of on-line temperatures (air and soil) rainfall and wind data and GDDs and CHU graphs which will be sent to local Soil and Crop and Central Agro-Environmental Club members.

Summary: A total of 12 weather stations were placed around Central NB with the help of, Central Soil and Crop, Blueberries NB, AFDI, Cavendish Agri Services and the NBSCIA. These weather stations were used to track Growing Degree Days (GDDs) and Crop Heat Units (CHUs) and Rainfall on a weekly basis to help producers make on farm cropping decisions.

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