Having farmed in California for more than 80 years, E. & J. Gallo Winery knows that no resource is more important than water, which is why water management has been a top priority for the company for decades.
E. & J. Gallo Winery and Watson are now using weather reports and remote sensor data to deliver precise amounts of water to each vine, optimizing growth. The secret is located above the clouds, in a satellite looking down on the vineyard.
A 30-by-30 meter grid, aligned with NASA satellite imagery, is mapped over the vineyard block. Each block of vines in the grid gets its own personal irrigation plan based on weather data and soil moisture levels.
This allows the exact needed amount of water – based on highly targeted irrigation requirements – to be dispensed to each grapevine. As the weather changes, the irrigation methods react to ensure vines only receive water when needed.
A competitive advantage
Because of this tailored watering, E. & J. Gallo Winery reduced its water use by 25%, while also improving the quality of its wine.
Wineries, hospitals, businesses, educators and governments are now working with Watson. In 45 countries and 20 industries, Watson is helping people make sense of data so they can make better decisions while uncovering new ideas.
How a vineyard is working with Watson
1. Watson ingests data from weather, satellite, and sensor data on the IBM Cloud.
2. The data helps identify conditions in the vines and atmosphere.
3. After determining specific needs of the vines, given situational data, the system adapts irrigation levels.
4. The watering is tailored for precise areas to ripen grapes in sync and with improved quality.
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