Chapter 12

Irrigation Scheduling of Grapevines

Vineyard Weather Stations

Increasingly, growers are using weather stations to identify and track weather conditions in the vineyard in making informed weather-related decisions, which saves time and money, and ultimately improve the quality of the fruit. More accurately detecting weather parameters and soil moisture, and acting on this information, also results in more reliable frost protection, the ability to irrigate based on demand, and, over time, the capacity to employ pest and disease models that will indicate if and when spraying is necessary.

How Weather Stations Work

There are only a few key components that make up weather stations. The first and most obvious are the sensors, which collect various raw data into a data logger. Traditional systems require all sensors to be hardwired directly to the data logger, which involves burying cable to the location to be monitored. Newer systems that utilize wireless technology (cellular and WiFi) employ sensors that are hardwired to remote transmitters that wirelessly transmit data from specific vineyard sites back to the data logger.

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