We are iteratively co-designing the prototype service with CDE and NFU farmers, through questions in farm interviews, our online/postal survey, and by gathering feedback on the forecasts we provide. We also intend to send out a brief survey on graphics and presentation to help make our prototype clearer and more relevant, and hope to hold a workshop with farmers in either December 2015 or January 2016.
For last winter (2014/2015), we worked with a small group of farmers to refine three month forecasts for Devon, which were sent out via email and post. For the coming winter (2015/2016), we are working with a larger group of farmers (~20) across South West UK, and are providing forecasts through our website in the first instance. We are working on providing the forecasts via an app, and hope to provide this early in January 2016. The forecasts will include both a 14 day outlook, to give more detailed short-range information, and a 3 month outlook for the longer-term picture. The 14 day forecasts will be updated every 6 hours, while the 3 month outlooks are updated at the end of each month. The forecasts can be accessed here (login required): http://lmtool.predictia.es/en/content/euporias-lmtool-forecasts-south-west-england