How to Get Started with Precision Viticulture (PV)

Australian grape growers and winemakers have always known about the inherent variability of vineyards.  What is setting some growers apart, however, is their ability to understand, respond to and exploit these factors to achieve optimal production outcomes.

As a vineyard owner, you want to manage your crop to achieve the highest possible yields of best quality grapes, securing top prices at the winery – and all of this – at minimum cost and with the least amount of hassle and stress.

PV technologies and applications provide the best means to improving vineyard productivity. In developing and implementing a PV strategy start by considering the following process:

Step 1 – Observation - recognising the problem

At its core grape growing is about problem solving - every day the vineyard presents you with a series of problems that must be resolved.  Adopting a PV strategy helps you understand your property’s uniqueness - rather than its problems – and then address each concern as part of a comprehensive and deliberate management strategy.

Step 2 – Supplementary Information - be ready to collect data

PV applications and technologies will provide you with a range of new information about your vineyard.  Collection of this new data will be key to identifying and mapping the ‘uniqueness’ of your property – telling you exactly where your vineyard is performing well and which areas need your attention and future focus.

Step 3 - Implement your Strategy

The implementation of PV is a continuous process of ongoing observation and data collection – information on a variety of key production inputs; and outputs relating to yield and quality. With continual efforts, potential harvesting and production risks can be reduced by controlling and eliminating known variables.

Step 4 –Interpretation & Evaluation

Interpreting PV reporting and evaluating the results is the final stage in the process. It could provide confirmation of what you have previously thought was happening on your land or new evidence for your consideration. The interpretation process, using imaging and variability mapping for example, is the basis for identifying singular problem areas or uncovering challenges with overlapping relationships. Evaluation of the results may mean that new PV options are selected and tested as the management cycle continues

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Implementing PV – Plan, Monitor and Manage

Use our strategy map to help get started with PV

Implementing PV – Cyclical Process of PV

Take a closer look at the phased approach to progressively adopting precision viticulture practices.

Success in viticulture comes from managing what you can control and mitigating the risks over which you have little or no control.  

Call Total Viticulture Solutions today on 1300 088 778 to discuss your PV objectives and requirements, and to get started.