Michael Giles is the business development manager with Growth Stage Consulting, a Calgary-based company that develops weather models for agriculture producers.
explains that by purchasing weather data from companies like Environment Canada and AccuWeather, Growth Stage
creates a model to forecast weed and insect emergence, crop development and disease outbreaks.
"We can predict two weeks in advance when an outbreak is going to occur or when it will be time to harvest," Giles
Updates are e-mailed weekly, arming producers with information to plan when to scout, spray or start harvesting.
"It helps with better decision management.
Every farmer is busy - some are working off-farm or if I've got 5,000 acres, it's hard to get to all my acres in a timely manner," Giles