Grape growers may soon have access to technology that gives them real-time data about soil conditions in their vineyards, reports Ann-Marie Jeffries on sister site GrowingProduce.com
VinSense has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to fund expansion of a software program that helps growers make irrigation and other vineyard management decisions based on climate, weather, soil variation, and other factors. With the data the software provides, growers should be able to optimize everything from harvest decisions to fermentation techniques, according to David Ebert, VinSense CTO.
Purdue University licensed the technology to VinSense, which is now working to commercialize it. Two test vineyards are currently trialing the system – Robert Biale Vineyards in Napa, CA, and Tres Sabores Winery in St. Helena, CA.
Read Jeffries’ full report on GrowingProduce.com here.