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Vineyard Field Day- Recap

Brought to you by, Banek Winegrower Management, Burro, PBS Engineering, and Robotics Plus

As technology continues to advance, the agricultural industry is embracing innovative solutions to optimize operations and enhance productivity. Vineyards, in particular are reaping the benefits of AgTech, a term that encompasses various technologies designed to revolutionize farming practices. In this article, we will explore some remarkable AgTech applications showcased at a recent event and discuss their potential impact on the vineyard industry.

Drone Fly Over for Vineyard Imaging with PBS Engineering:

During the event, PBS presented a fascinating demonstration of their drone technology. Attendees witnessed real-time camera and LiDAR imaging from an altitude of approximately 100 feet. The aerial imagery captured by the drones provides valuable insights into vineyard health, enabling farmers to monitor plant growth, detect diseases, and identify areas that require attention. Additionally, PBS highlighted the availability of additional data collected through drone flyovers, further empowering vineyard managers with comprehensive information for informed decision-making.

Burro- An Autonomous Workhorse for Vineyards:

Attendees had the opportunity to witness Burro autonomously navigating through vineyard rows and explore its inner components. With impressive battery life and advanced sensors, Burro offers a multitude of applications in vineyard operations. It boasts a carrying capacity of up to 500 pounds and can tow up to 2000 pounds, making it ideal for transporting harvested crops. Burro can follow predefined routes or even track a human worker, providing seamless assistance in carrying or towing produce. Moreover, with providing a mounted Green Atlas Cartographer, Burro can estimate yields, contributing to improved farm management. Additionally, Burro can be utilized as a security patrol dog, enhancing vineyard safety and surveillance.

Pack house Automation and More with Robotics Plus:

Robotics Plus showcased their cutting-edge technologies designed to revolutionize packhouse operations. Attendees were treated to a demonstration of their packhouse automation system, which offers faster and more efficient packaging of products. By automating these labor-intensive processes, vineyard owners can significantly increase productivity while reducing costs. Another impressive technology exhibited was the log scaler, which allows for faster and safer scaling of logs. The demonstration of an autonomous sprayer equipped with a diesel motor and electric assistance further impressed the audience. This sprayer can be operated by a single individual, managing multiple units simultaneously. With targeted and integrated spraying capabilities, it optimizes resource usage and enhances precision in pest and disease management.

Embracing the Future:

The event's conclusion was marked by a thought-provoking reflection by Hermann G Thoennissen (aka- Hermann the German), emphasizing the importance of embracing new technologies and utilizing data in the agricultural sector. He encouraged attendees to start with simple practices such as logging images on smartphones, accompanied by notes and location pins. This approach fosters the adoption of data-driven decision-making and empowers farmers to make informed choices about vineyard management. Hermann also highlighted the significance of engaging the younger generation, recognizing their pivotal role in shaping the future of agriculture.

The event provided a glimpse into the transformative power of AgTech in vineyard operations. The drone imaging capabilities offered by PBS, the versatility of Burro autonomous robot, and the efficiency enhancements provided by Robotics Plus exemplify the potential benefits of incorporating advanced technologies in the vineyard industry. By embracing these innovations and harnessing the power of data, vineyard owners can increase productivity, streamline operations, and propel their businesses into a more sustainable and profitable future.

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