Doctor Roberta De Bei. Image credit: University of Adelaide.
The University of Adelaide has developed VitiCanopy, a mobile app that helps winemakers manage their vineyards more efficiently.
VitiCanopy, funded by Wine Australia and the university, offers users a quick and easy way to measure the vine canopy from images uploaded to the app for analysis.
Some of the app’s recent updates include the ability to analyze multiple images at once, GPS capability to create maps of spatial variability in canopy size, and cloud storage.
“The pruning of the vine canopy is known to play a role in yield, grape quality and potential productivity in future seasons,” said app co-developer Dr. Roberta De Bei. University of Adelaide School of Agriculture, Food and Wine.
“Monitoring differences in canopy size in vineyards is a useful way to identify issues that could be related to pests and diseases, water status and nutrient status. Once vine canopy measurements are known, they can be compared to previous seasons to identify optimal characteristics for grape quality and maximum yield.
New features in VitiCanopy make it easier to visualize a lot of data, with reports produced not only as CSV files but also as a map, providing visual monitoring of canopy size across the entire vineyard.
“The app has also migrated to the Cloud environment, which means that images are uploaded directly to the Cloud, saving phone battery and storage,” said Cassandra Collins, co-developer from the University of Adelaide School of Agriculture, Food and Wine app.
“The VitiCanopy upgrade also includes a user-friendly and intuitive website providing additional information on how to get the most out of the app’s analysis and reporting tools.”
The app is an important addition to the diagnostic toolbox available to growers, according to Wine Australia’s Managing Director of Research, Development and Adoption, Dr Liz Waters.
“Measuring the size of the vine canopy is essential for assessing vine growth, vigor and water requirements,” Waters said.
“VitiCanopy is a valuable tool to help monitor differences in vineyard canopy size, which can help identify problems early so that strategies and resources can be put in place to maximize vineyard productivity and profitability. .”
Visit viticapy.com.au or download the app from the App Store or Google Play.