At Deep Sky Vineyard, we’re committed to growing the best grapes possible so we can bring you, our customers, a great wine tasting experience. In 2015, we launched an initiative aimed at better understanding how great grapes can be grown in Arizona’s desert climate. It all started with a simple premise:
We have 15,000 vines, and they’re all talking to us, so we need to learn to listen
To accomplish this, we teamed with n.iolabs
in 2016 to develop an Ag Platform that can provide real time
information about vineyard conditions. In essence, we can see below ground
to assess the water available to the vines, the rate at which they’re up-taking available water, the depths at which they’re taking water, and the water stress they’re under throughout the growing season.
The information from the n.iolabs Ag Platform
has been a game changer for Deep Sky for the following reasons:
- We have a complete blue print of each irrigation zones water dynamics. This allows us to irrigate to within 1% of our target moisture levels at the depths where the vines are drinking.
- We know each irrigation zones water percolation profile which enables us to do much more efficient nutrient applications.
- We can precisely increase or decrease water stress throughout the growing season to better develop our canopy and increase fruit quality.