Using technology to help improve business practices has become common in most industries. So, it is no surprise that the agricultural sector has embraced many forms of technology to improve efficiency and workflows within the farming world.
The staff at the Borders College land-based campus in Newtown St Boswells have introduced and implemented the Sencrop weather station as a training tool for both new and established agricultural workers.
College Lecturer Dave Black, along with Rural Skills Technician Bruce Winwood, were instrumental in setting up the weather station and embedding the use of the technology within their curriculum.
Commenting on the weather station, Dave said:
“As we all know, the weather has a significant impact on how farmers carry out their essential work, be it spraying, planting seeds, ploughing, or rolling fields.
“This technology allows our students to learn the importance of predicting and monitoring weather conditions to plan the most effective times to carry out these activities.”
Bruce went on to say:
“We had a few ‘connectivity issues’ setting up the system, but these were soon overcome, and we are now able to fully utilise the software and monitor many weather stations around our area.
“The system also allows us to set up alerts to warn about weather changes that need to be responded to.”