2022 fire season: agrology is ready to protect your vineyards


Agrology announces inventory of GroundTruth sensors, ready for immediate installation. Sensors protect vines and workers by measuring VOCs, fine particles,
and extreme weather events, and alert growers to problems in real time.

agrology logoSonoma, California, July 13, 2022 — Forest fires are annual events for winemakers and 2022 is proving to be another difficult year. That’s why Agrology, the leading predictive agriculture company, today announced that the company has an inventory of smoke odor sensors available for immediate installation. Supply chain issues have unfortunately impacted many agricultural technology providers. However, Agrology has an accumulated inventory of sensors to help growers through this immediate fire season.

“Over the past growing seasons we have seen growers severely affected by the smell of smoke, so this year we have taken the initiative to build inventory and get ahead of supply chain challenges,” said Adam Koeppel, CEO of Agrology. “We are committed to helping growers during this wildfire season and we can get growers up and running quickly.”

Agrology sensors measure volatile organic compounds (VOCs, the chemicals that cause the smell of smoke), fine particles and extreme weather events. Agrology sensors are placed on the trellis, inside the canopy near the fruit. Agrology also uses satellite imagery to visually check the presence of smoke in the regions, in order to more precisely identify the parcels of vines affected. Agrology’s mobile app immediately alerts customers when smoke is detected.

“Agrology has continued to provide me with the real-time data I need to take important action 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 our team safe throughout the fire season.

Agrology installs each sensor node in less than ten minutes. Data is collected in real time and users always have access to data through the Agrology app, even when their phone is off-grid in a field. A flexible, subscription-based model allows producers to operate without committing to costly long-term contracts. In addition to the smell of smoke, Agrology monitors for drought and irrigation issues, pest and disease threats, extreme weather conditions, and more.

Each Agrology customer receives a personalized smoke odor report at the end of the growing season, summarizing data on annual smoke exposure and risk, right down to the vine block. The report allows Agrology customers to compare and contrast results from multiple years, giving them a clear picture of the air quality and smoke issues in their vineyards and fields.

Current Agrology clients 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 27 at 9am PST

As part of the Growing Forward Vineyard and Grower virtual conference, Wine Industry Network is hosting a smoke smell webinar on July 27, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. PST. Entitled “Decision Time: Preparing for Risk Factors of Smoke and Fire Exposure,” the panel discussion features: Anita Oberholster, oenology extension specialist at the University of California, Davis; Adam Koeppel, co-founder and CEO of Agrology; Riggs Lokka, Assistant Vineyard Manager for Emeritus Vineyards: and John Segale, Senior Vice President, West Region of Fahlgren Mortine. WIN’s latest Growing Forward webinar will prepare grape growers 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 and should not be in producer contracts, leveraging the correct data to mitigate risk, negotiating access permits for essential jobs in the event of evacuation, farm worker safety protocols, emergency harvest plans, and more. Producers interested in attending the webinar can register here.

Set up an agrology facility today

The Agrology team is available for immediate consultation and discussion. For more details on how to protect your vineyard or crop, contact Gino Camozzi at [email protected] or (707) 395-7625.

About agrology

Agrology is a leading climate technology 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 a winner of the National Science Foundation’s highly selective SBIR Awards. The Agrology Platform is the first efficient, affordable and easy to use predictive farming platform to help growers with water, irrigation, pest prevention, spraying, soil, odor smoke and extreme weather conditions. Agrology is a field testing capability for soil carbon sequestration validation and greenhouse gas monitoring, based on its proprietary technology that leverages machine learning, IoT and GroundTruth extended data . Agrology has offices in Alexandria, Virginia, and Sonoma, California, and can be found online at Agrology.ag.


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