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New smartphone app for growers

Nikolai Beilharz, Thursday May 9, 2013 - 14:06 EST
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A screeenshot of the CliMate smartphone application - ABC

Grain growers say a new free weather app is helping them plan their growing seasons.

Funded by groups like the GRDC and MLA and available for free, the 'CliMate' app shows graphs comparing rainfall from past years, and gives growers a probability of how much rain will fall in the future.

Grain grower Andrea Hanneman from near Cleve says using the app has helped her keep perspective on how the season is going so far.

"So if I went on that 'season's progress' now, I'd see that we are actually 19 millimetres above our average rainfall, which in quite unbelievable because it's been so dry.

"But looking at an average over the last 60 years, we're not sitting in a bad position."


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