Agrology announces inventory of GroundTruth sensors, ready for immediate installation. Sensors protect vineyards and workers by measuring VOCs, fine particles,
and extreme weather events, and alert growers of issues in real time.
Sonoma, CA, July 13, 2022 — Wildfires are annual events for grape growers and 2022 is proving to be another challenging year. That’s why Agrology, the leading Predictive Agriculture company, today announced that the company has an inventory of smoke taint sensors available to install immediately. Supply chain issues unfortunately impacted many agricultural technology suppliers. However, Agrology has a built-up inventory of sensors on hand to help growers through this immediate fire season.
“Over the past few growing seasons we saw growers severely impacted by smoke taint, so this year we took the initiative to build up inventory and get ahead of supply chain challenges,” said Adam Koeppel, CEO of Agrology. “We are committed to helping growers through this wildfire season and we can quickly get growers up and running.”
Agrology sensors measure Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs, the chemicals that cause smoke taint), fine particles and extreme weather events. Agrology sensors sit on the trellis, inside the canopy by the fruit. Agrology also pulls satellite imagery to visually verify smoke presence over regions, to further identify impacted vineyard blocks. Agrology’s mobile app alerts customers immediately when smoke is detected.
“Agrology has continued to provide me with the real-time data I need to take important actions in my vineyards,” said Riggs Lokka, Assistant Vineyard Manager at Emeritus Vineyards. “Using this technology, I am able to keep an eye on every inch of property, every day. This keeps our grapes and team safe throughout the fire season.”
Agrology installs each sensor node in less than ten minutes. Data is gathered in real time and users always have access to data through the Agrology app, even when their phone is off network in a field. A flexible subscription-based model empowers growers to take action without committing to expensive, long-term contracts. In addition to smoke taint, Agrology monitors drought and irrigation issues, pest and disease threats, extreme weather conditions, and more.
Each Agrology customer receives a custom smoke taint report at the end of the growing season, summarizing data on annual smoke exposure and risks, down to the vineyard block. The reporting allows Agrology customers to compare and contrast results from multiple years, giving them a clear picture of air quality and smoke issues in their vineyards and fields.
Current Agrology customers include Braga Fresh, The Duckhorn Portfolio, Boisset Collection, Dana Estates, Emeritus Vineyards, Jordan Vineyards and Winery, Lawrence Vineyards, Renteria Vineyard Management, Signorello Estate, and numerous specialty farms.
Join Agrology for a Webinar on Smoke Taint, July 27th @ 9 a.m. PST
As part of the Growing Forward Vineyard and Grower Virtual Conference, Wine Industry Network is hosting a webinar on smoke taint July 27, 2022, at 9 a.m. PST. Titled “Decision Time: Preparing for the Risk Factors of Smoke & Fire Exposure,” this panel discussion features: Anita Oberholster, Extension Specialist in Enology at the University of California, Davis; Adam Koeppel, Co-Founder & CEO of Agrology; Riggs Lokka, Assistant Vineyard Manager of Emeritus Vineyards: and John Segale, Senior Vice President, Western Region of Fahlgren Mortine. WIN’s latest Growing Forward webinar will prepare winegrowers to make more informed decisions in the event their vineyards are impacted by fire and/or smoke. Topics will range from determining the level of risk, what should or should not be in growers’ contracts, leveraging the correct data to mitigate risk, negotiating access permits for essential jobs in the event of an evacuation, farmworker safety protocols, contingency harvest plans, and more. Growers interested in attending the webinar can sign up here.
Set Up An Agrology Install Today
Agrology’s team is available for immediate consults and discussions. For more details on how to protect your vineyard or crop, reach out to Gino Camozzi at [email protected] or (707) 395-7625.
Agrology is a leading climate tech start-up and Public Benefit Corporation whose mission is to protect the economic viability of farmers in a time of intensifying climate change. Founded in 2019, Agrology is the winner of highly selective National Science Foundation SBIR Awards. The Agrology Platform is the first effective, affordable, and easy-to-use Predictive Agriculture platform to help growers with water, irrigation, pest prevention, spraying, soil, smoke taint, and extreme weather. Agrology is field-testing capabilities for soil carbon sequestration validation and greenhouse gas monitoring, based on its proprietary technology that leverages Machine Learning, IoT, and extensive GroundTruth data. Agrology has offices in Alexandria, Virginia, and Sonoma, California, and can be found online at Agrology.ag.