Weather Channel, Monsanto Has New Interactive Tool

Companies call it a comprehensive resource.

Published on: Jun 17, 2009
The Weather Channel Interactive, in continued partnership with Monsanto, launched a Growing Degree Days calculator for its popular agriculture news and forecast section at

The Web site was launched in January.

Farmers can enter location, select a base temperature and choose start and end dates to get their GDD numbers.

Farmers can compare two different years' GDD as far back as 2003 for the same date range and location. Each calculation includes the 30-year average GDD for the selected dates and location.

The site also can help farmers make crop management decisions, including an in-depth farmers forecast on weather conditions affecting crops - precipitation, wind, soil moisture, sunrise and sunset times and UV index; severe weather alerts to warn of freeze, frost, high wind or hail indicators; 36-hour and 10-day forecasts and an almanac to compare typical and historical weather data; more than 30 regional and national maps for drought severity, soil moisture rainfall estimates, precipitation forecasts, optimal planting schedules and first and last freeze norms.

An interactive map with customized points of interest and weather layers such as radar, clouds, dew point, wind speed, temperature and past precipitation is also on the site.