Posted by: Thomson Vineyards | May 19, 2010

Farmers’ Forecast

One Hip Farmer Getting SMS Forecast on his iPhone

The Farmer makes me check several different weather websites on an all too often basis. I check the sites, he surfs the news. That’s how it goes. He likes KTVU Channel 2, sometimes KRON Channel 4, typically he lands back on Roberta Gonzales of KPIX Channel 5, and he’s known to be an obsessive channel surfer between the hours of 5-7 p.m. and 10-11 p.m.

Recently he checked in with me and said his main squeeze Roberta forecast insignificant light showers while The Weather Channel called for rain. This impacted him negatively because he would have laid down the remaining fertilizer had Roberta upgraded her forecast to, “significant rain.” When I Tweeted about it, Roberta herself Tweeted back and chastised The Farmer for using forecasts from Atlanta saying, “The Weather Channel in Atlanta!?!They don’t understand Bay Area micro climates!”

Like Ludicris – I say, “Welcome to Atlanta!” So when I stumbled across The Weather Channel’s Farmers’ Forecast today co-sponsored by Monsanto, which can be SMS texted to all you hip Farmers across the country, I jumped on the blog to tell you about it. The Farmers’ Forecast is a one day local forecast with sky conditions, high and low temperatures, chance & amount of precipitation, soil moisture, and wind speed & direction.  Sign up for it here.

You can also text FARMCAST and a zip code to 78676 or 42278 as often as you like for an instant one-time forecast.

Other worthwhile sites include winebusiness.com vineyard weather, which includes growing degree days from the previous and current year and my personal go-to while living in the Panhandle keepin’ a lookout for hurricanes – NOAA.

Oh. I’m VERY familiar with The ATL! “Welcome to Atlanta where the playa’s play. And we ride on them things like every day. Big beats, hit streets, see gangsta’s roamin’ . And parties don’t stop til’ eight in the mornin’…”

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