The Wine Studies program recently purchased a weather station for use in the Northwest Wine Studies Center vineyard, which our vineyard management instructor, Bryan Berenguer (pictured below) is excited to share with our students when they are able to return to the vineyard for hands-on classes.
The Campbell Scientific station measures air temperature, precipitation, relative humidity, vapor pressure, barometric pressure, wind speed/direction and radiation. The system also contains a leaf wetness sensor and a soil probe, which measures soil water content, temperature and electrical conductivity at various soil depths. Using these measurements, we can monitor water stress and irrigation needs of plants in the vineyard, as well as calculate heat units that help us predict flowering and harvest dates and estimate disease risks.
The weather station is a key tool in viticulture and the management of the Eola vineyard and will allow students to become familiar with analyzing site mesoclimate and use weather and soil data as a precision management tool. Students will also be able to follow the weather at the site in real time remotely. This is a great opportunity for our students to learn about modern vineyard technologies which will help them continue to produce high-quality Chemeketa Cellars wines!
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