Technology has changed every aspect of life. As far as viticulture is concerned, technology has dramatically changed the way growers make decisions on when and how to irrigate, on when and how to apply fertilizers and agrochemicals, when is the perfect day to harvest, etc.
Contrary to the previous decades, vine farmers rely less on their intuition and memory and more on data that can collect and store from various sources. The invasion of smartphones makes it easier for growers to have all these data available, even when they are in the field and they must make a quick decision.
Many vine growers have established small Weather Stations in their Vineyards. These measure Humidity, Salinity, Temperature, and collect some Soil data. Growers do not need to store those data on complicated Sheets on their personal computers if they don’t want to. They can take advantage of multiple mobile applications so that they can use those data to make fact-based decisions. There is a great variety of mobile applications that can work as a great Personal Assistant of the grower. Contemporary mobile applications can help growers collect and access geographic data, monitor weather, collect irrigation data, collect labor data and estimate crop yields. Remote applications are even being used to initiate actions such as starting sprinklers used for frost protection and opening the irrigation valves. Other applications aggregate data and automatically send them to the Farmer’s accountant or even to Government Authorities.
The great advantage of all those applications is that they facilitate teamwork because growers can grant access to any member of their team or to any other external scientist or stakeholder (agronomist, crop advisor, buyer, etc.).
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The use of Technology in Contemporary Viticulture
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