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Insight of the Day: 'AI helps me to make wine for younger drinkers'

The use of AI technology in vineyards, such as at Foley Family Farms led by Kara Maraden, is revolutionizing the way wine is produced and monitored for the benefit of younger drinkers. Here are some key points from the article:

- Kara Maraden's Role:

- Kara Maraden oversees more than 5,200 acres (2,000 hectares) of vines at Foley Family Farms in California and Oregon.

- Using AI technology, she can remotely monitor the water requirements of vineyards spread across a vast area, allowing her to make informed decisions based on data.

- AI Technology Implementation:

- Foley Family Farms utilizes sensors from Tule Technologies placed across the vineyards to measure moisture levels, temperatures, wind speeds, and other environmental factors.

- The data collected by the sensors is processed by Tule's AI software, which calculates the irrigation needs of the vines based on various weather conditions.

- The AI system informs vineyard managers, like Ms. Maraden, about the optimal irrigation schedules through app notifications, enhancing decision-making with scientific data.

- Benefits of AI in Vineyards:

- Improved grape quality and consistency have been observed at Foley Family Farms due to the AI irrigation sensors.

- AI technology helps overcome labor shortages by providing continuous monitoring and precise data analysis, allowing for more efficient vineyard management.

- AI-Powered Applications:

- Tule offers an AI-powered app called Tule Vision, which assesses the water needs of vines based on user-recorded videos. The AI was trained with hundreds of images depicting vines with varying water requirements.

- Other companies like US tech giant Cisco, and smaller firms Ceres Imaging and Bloomfield AI, also provide AI-powered vineyard monitoring solutions to enhance wine production processes.

The integration of AI technology in vineyard management not only improves efficiency and quality but also enables vineyard managers to make data-driven decisions, ultimately benefiting the production of wine for younger consumers.

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