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Audio Postcard: Actual-time farming | MIT Expertise Evaluate

Pinot Grigio truly makes a white wine and it is gained a number of varieties in California that, uh, is a fairly frequent selection that truly we make purple grapes that make a white wine. So my identify is Dirk Heuvel and I am the VP of winery operations right here at McManis household vineyards. 

My household truly form of set roots right here, truly farming almonds. And a few individuals say almonds, we are saying in Ripon, and we are saying, say, almonds. 

I really feel like, if it was like my dad or my grandpa attempting to undertake this know-how, completely. I feel there’d be an enormous tradition shock there for them. I nonetheless suppose they do not fairly perceive it, however they’re seeing the outcomes of it. So I feel that is a very powerful factor—that we’re capable of present them that it’s working and the way it’s working for us.

I’ll say as we speak, I really feel that we’re rising higher high quality grapes than we had been 30 years in the past. Simply adapting loads of this aerial imagery, trendy irrigation know-how, operating drip system know-how, you understand, having the ability to fertilize via drip methods. And you may truly take a look at the imaging in your cellphone and you may truly pinpoint exit and stroll to a selected vine. You understand, that is perhaps a   vine that died, that reveals up on the aerial imaging. You need to use the know-how and, and stroll proper into a selected space. Simply having the ability to establish areas, you understand, utilizing GPS. We are able to have area checkers undergo the sphere now and on their app, they’re capable of truly drop and pinpoint the place we’d have mite points the place we’d have, you understand, leafhopper points, areas that must get handled. And that truly permits us to undergo and simply cite particular deal with. As an alternative of treating a whole winery block, we’re capable of simply deal with particular areas.

Jennifer: It was solely what like 5, seven years in the past, it was half of farm staff weren’t utilizing smartphones. 

Dirk Heuvel: Yeah. 

Jennifer: So, if individuals are dropping pins that’s…

Dirk Heuvel: Yeah. You understand, 30 years in the past, with the intention to make a cellphone name, you’d must drive in a, in a city or go to your home to name your irrigator to do stuff. And now it is, that is nearly, it is like actual time farming. Now we will make selections on the fly. And one of many massive benefits to utilizing variable fee functions is that you just’re solely making use of the quantity of vitamins or amendments which can be wanted for a selected space. So earlier than we tailored this variable fee know-how, we might drive down a row and we might put a constant quantity of amendments, whether or not it’s gypsum, lime, soil, sulfur, we might apply that quantity evenly all through your entire winery block. Now we notice going via and utilizing this variable fee know-how is that we’d minimize the, the amendments which can be wanted by 20 to 30% on a selected winery block, simply by making use of the proper quantities of vitamins the place they’re wanted and never overlying the place they are not wanted 



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