Canadian farmers to get free CWB weather service

Wed Dec 2, 2009 5:04pm EST
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Farmers in Western Canada will get free access to the Canadian Wheat Board's weather information network, giving them a new technological tool, the CWB said on Wednesday.

The CWB and the WeatherBug company launched the C$1 million ($952,000) weather network two years ago and it has since grown to 700 stations on farms and elsewhere in Canada.

The weather stations, which resemble coat-racks and form the largest such private network in the country, collect data such as wind speed, temperature and rainfall.

The data is available to farmers through

The network includes 2,000 cameras mounted mostly in the United States and a handful in Canada, which help the CWB monitor crop progress.

The CWB hopes to recover much of the system's costs through sponsorships.

($1=$1.05 Canadian)

(Reporting by Rod Nickel; editing by Rob Wilson)