Aerobotics head of agronomy Devin Osborne said: “A lot of farmers are misled into believing that the variation in vineyards contributes to the uniqueness of the wine and start talking about terroir.”
He said the key to growing world-class grapes and producing an excellent wine was obtaining uniformity.
He also made recommendations on when farmers should use drone technology. “The first drone flight of the season should be done at first leaf. The second drone flight should happen during flowering and fruit set, while the third drone flight should be conducted during fruit ripening.”
He said the use of Aerobotics to obtain and process data from these flights would enable farmers to monitor early season growth, evaluate bud break and locate deficiencies in vine resources. According to Osborne, there is also important use for drone flights after the harvest is completed.