About Other Crop Management Tools

Apple Freeze Risk Tool from Climate Smart Farming tracks the 30-day trends and 7-day forecasts for minimum temperatures for a location in the Northeast of your choice. The tool uses chilling hours and heat units to estimate the apple growth stage. The graph charts growth stage and minimum temperature to display freeze risk, based on 50% damage temperatures, for ‘Empire’, ‘McIntosh’ and ‘Red Delicious’. Data provided by the Northeast Regional Climate Center.

Blueberry Phenology Tool for three sites in New Jersey will calculate predicted dates for T3, bloom, and harvest; prepare historical degree day charts; and plot chill unit charts. Data provided by the New Jersey State Climatologist and supported by the Blueberry and Cranberry Research Station, Rutgers University.

Critical Temperatures for Frost Damage on Fruit Trees is hosted by Utah State Cooperative Extension and based on information developed by Washington State University for apple, pear, apricot, cherry, peach and nectarine. It lists Fahrenheit temperatures for each stage of crop development from bud break through post bloom at which 10% and 90% bud kill occurs after 30 minutes exposure.

Drought Monitoring using the Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) and Crop Moisture Index (CMI) are hosted by the NWS and generated in graphical and tabular formats by the Climate Prediction Center. This webpage provides access to several drought monitoring products and historical records.

The US Drought Monitor map is hosted by the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) and generated by the USDA to detect drought on a national level. The map is based on measurements of climatic, hydrologic and soil conditions as well as reported impacts and observations from more than 350 contributors around the country. Click on the US map region that you are interested in viewing in detail, or access them here: Northeast, Southeast, South, High Plains, Midwest.

The US Monthly Drought Outlook map is hosted by the NWS and developed by the NOAA Climate Prediction Center. It depicts current large-scale trends of drought based on statistical and dynamical forecasts.

The Weather Activity Planner is an interactive tool from the National Weather Service (NWS) that generates results from their national digital forecast database. The Weather Activity Planner webpage is served from Buffalo, NY, but you can enter your latitude and longitude to access results for your location. The Activity Planner allows a user to define weather parameters for the future and produce a forecast for activity planning. For example, wind speed and temperature parameters could be designated for optimal spray application conditions and the Activity Planner will return results indicating the dates and times when weather forecasts meet those parameters.