Science Advances in Identifying Deficient, Underperforming Vines

Are there areas of the vineyard that are underperforming? Having trouble with nutrient deficiencies or out of balance soil?

Your soil is a living entity, and like all living things can get out of balance and cause serious problems.

Standard soil sampling, practised across the industry, has a number of problems. From inaccurate results (it doesn’t measure bioavailability) to bad sampling methodology. As you can see in the maps below, there can be significant variance in nutrients within a single vineyard. A couple of samples will not pick this up.

But – a combination of scientific and technological advances have resulted in a superior tool for analyzing your soil.

What are some of these advantages?

  1. The old soil sampling that you, and every other vineyard, have been doing for decades only picks up particles that may (or may not) be absorbable by the vine.  We just don’t know. Often the nutrients are bound up by organic and inorganic matter and inaccessible to the plant.The new soil sampling method we use picks up ions (rather than particles) which are fully digestible by the plant.Rather than hoping that the compounds in your soil are available to your vines, you now know.  The results are far more accurate.
  2. You’re able to test for a suite of minerals from one sample.  The old method only measures 1 or 2 elements in the soil using a partial extraction method.By measuring a suite you reduce cost and increase accuracy.
  3. Bio-availablity. First, by measuring digestible ions we are able to get a superior result of actually available nutrients.Second, inaccurate results can occur due to inorganic/organic species capable which produce false results in tests (and don’t effect the soil substrate).  This is not an issue with our technique.
  4. Results.As discussed above, the method we use produces superior bio-available results.But, we also have 40+ years of running, interpreting, and communicating the results of complex surveys.  We do things very differently. This means you’ll fully understand what we’ve found and have it in digestible, easy-to-understand formats that you can apply.

This new technology is an outgrowth of interest in precision viticulture – getting more accurate results while reducing costs long term.  That means spending less on fertilizers and chemical pesticides.  That means increased vine health and grape yield.  That means better tasting wine.

Ultimately, its about getting results. Fixing one underperforming area in a vineyard can result in thousands of increased revenue. That’s the goal.

If you think you’re a good fit, contact us below or at 778-908-4021.