NEW YORK -- StormX, the online source for business weather news and analysis, today unveiled new charting capabilities to help grain market participants track the effects of weather on crop progress and crop conditions.



Based on weekly USDA data, the tools provide a welcome improvement to the text-based data files released each Monday by the USDA. The new StormX crop progress and crop conditions charts present fully customizable historical charts tracking the condition of corn, soybeans, winter wheat, spring wheat, cotton, barley, oats, peanuts, rice and sorghum by region.



Available free of charge at www.stormx.com/agriculture/usdacharts/, individually tailored charts can be bookmarked for rapid access after a short registration process. In addition to accessing the charting functionality, users can also host the application on their own Web sites with a widget that can be found on www.stormx.com/stormpanelbenefits.



Other features and information resources available on the StormX agriculture portal and through the StormX widget include detailed crop projections for soybean, corn and wheat yields and real-time reports and analysis on critical weather patterns influencing global agricultural production from the StormX research team.



The StormX crop progress and crop condition charting tools have already been adopted on the Web site of the Illinois Farm Bureau and have won early praise from the industry in the beta testing phase.



"Our producers have been buffeted by weather challenges over last few seasons, from flooded seed beds that caused significant planting delays to early freezes that threatened full yields," said John Hawkins, Illinois Farm Bureau News Service Director. "The charting capabilities available through StormX will allow our members to make proactive, informed decisions when it comes to anticipating Mother Nature's impact on their businesses."



"Crop planting and harvesting does not need to be a guessing game," said David Riker, Storm Exchange CEO. "By taking advantage of our research and analytics, grain market participants across the country will be able to maximize their profitability by minimizing weather risk."



SOURCE: StormX.