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TABLE OF AGRO-MET STATIONS

CROP WEATHER  BULLETIN

23th Dekad-2014 22th Dekad-2014
21th Dekad-2014 20th Dekad-2014
19th Dekad-2014 18th Dekad-2014
17th Dekad-2014 16th Dekad-2014
15th Dekad-2014 14th Dekad-2014
13th Dekad-2014 12th Dekad-2014
11th Dekad-2014 10th Dekad-2014
9th Dekad-2014 8th Dekad-2014
7th Dekad-2014 6th Dekad-2014
5th Dekad-2014 4th Dekad-2014
3rd Dekad-2014 2nd Dekad-2014
1st Dekad-2014 36th Dekad-2013
35th Dekad-2013 34th Dekad-2013
33rd Dekad-2013 32nd Dekad-2013
31st Dekad-2013 30th Dekad-2013
29th Dekad-2013 28th Dekad-2013
27th Dekad-2013 26th Dekad-2013
25th Dekad-2013 24th Dekad-2013
22nd Dekad-2013 23rd Dekad-2013
21st Dekad-2013 20th Dekad-2013
19th Dekad-2013 18th Dekad-2013
17th Dekad-2013 16th Dekad-2013
15th Dekad-2013 14th Dekad-2013
13th Dekad-2013 12th Dekad-2013
11th Dekad-2013 10th Dekad-2013
09th Dekad-2013 08th Dekad-2013
07th Dekad-2013 06th Dekad-2013
05th Dekad-2013 04th Dekad-2013
03rd Dekad-2013 02nd Dekad-2013

STATIONS LOCATION

METEOROLOGICAL INSTRUMENTS

FARMER'S CORNER

AGRO-METEOROLOGICAL STATIONS
 In Kenya there are two types of stations, namely GRADE A and GRADE B stations. Grade A stations are operated and manned by Kenya Meteorological Department ( KMD ) staff, while Grade B are run by other organisations e.g Ministry of
   Agriculture, Universities and Agricultural Research Institutions. Currently there are 13 agrometeorological stations in the country ( 11 Grade A and 2 Grade B).
Types of Observations.
  In all these stations normal meteorological parameters are measured on daily basis.
 and the data is conveyed to the Agrometeorological Section of KMD after every 10
 days. These include:

  • Air Temperature in Degrees Celsius ( Maximum, Minimum, Wet bulb, Dry bulb, Dew point)
  • Soil Temperature in Degrees Celsius at 5, 10, 20, 30, 50, 100 cm depths.
  • Sunshine duration in Hours
  • Radiation in Megajoules per Metre Square.
  • Wind Speed in Metres per Second at 2 metres height.
  • Calculated Relative Humidity (%) at 0900 Hrs and 1500 Hrs.
  • Pan Evaporation in Millimeters per day
  • Calculated Potential Evapotranspiration in Millimeters per Dekad (10 - day  period)
  •  Rainfall in Millimeters per day

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These observations are made in 32 stations spread throughout the country . The list of all these stations is shown in the TABLE OF AGRO-MET STATIONS .  In the list, stations are shown as either SYNOPTIC, GRADE A and GRADE B.
In addition to the above, crop data is obtained from the 13 agrometeorological stations (Grade A and B) on:

  • Variety of the grown crop
  • Stage of development attained by the crop
  • General assessment of crop performance
  • Damage by pests, diseases and adverse weather
  • State of weeding in the farm
  • Plant density
  • Soil moisture

Expected yield ( assessed visually), is normally observed at the end of each 10 days and along with the meteorological data is communicated to the agrometeorological section to facilitate crop-weather impact analysis.
In order to obtain a general overview of crop performance in the country, especially on the main staple crops in the country namely maize, beans and wheat all the 32 station report on the stage of crop development, general assessment of crop performance and yield expected (visual) from the farmers farms on the basis of what they see from nearby farms and oral interviews with farmers they come across from areas far from their reach.


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