In recent years, the issue of optimising crop protection has been at the heart of winegrowers’ concerns. Treatment frequency indices (TFIs) have become unavoidable indicators in the sector, while the HEV (high environmental value) dynamic is getting stronger. Similarly, the question of no-spray zones continues to remain unresolved. Whether to save on labour, work on difficult terrain or conceive operations without chemical crop protection programmes, innovation is rife in viticulture. To get a better picture, SITEVI 2021 has planned an ambitious live content programme where talks and participative workshops will be a valuable addition to meetings with many exhibitors.
Start-ups, firms and institutes are proving ever more ingenious in providing technological solutions to the problems faced by viticulture today. But before taking action, operators must be able to judge the pertinence of the solutions on offer. Such is the purpose of the next SITEVI, held from Tuesday 30 November to Thursday 2 December 2021 at Montpellier Exhibition Centre (France). Nearly a thousand exhibitors will present their new solutions, while a rich programme of talks will revolve around several major themes connected with today’s wine and wine challenges.
JEAN-MARY TARLANT, WINEGROWER, CHAMPAGNE TARLANT
“The show helps with decision making”
“In winegrowing, all innovations are welcome, but you have to be able to judge how appropriate they are. Sometime small additions can make a big difference. That’s the point of SITEVI: a place to exchange, compare different points of view, meet scientists and other growers, so that you can choose, without resorting to blind beliefs. The show helps with decision making.”
Among these innovations is vineyard bioprotection. The theme of bio-protecting the grape harvest will be addressed at a talk on Tuesday 30 November at 11:30 am. The workshop “Biocontrol and bio-solutions: what innovation dynamic?” Cartography of initiatives in the world through the prism of patents (on the same day at 2:00 pm) organised by Agri Sud-Ouest with the contribution of the French intellectual property institute, will meanwhile offer a round-up of major breakthroughs in the area.
Focus on digital
Other topical themes to bring their share of solutions to professionals are robotics and digital tech. In the field of crop protection, measuring air drift in viticulture will be the subject of a talk on Wednesday 1 December at 11:00 am. Another question: can drones solve the problem of protecting the hardest-to-reach plots? A few answers will be provided at a dedicated talk on Thursday 2 December at 11:00 am.
Among the exhibitors who excel in this area: Ertus Group with Exapta Tactique, a product nominated for the SITEVI Innovation Awards. This decision aid helps growers to plan their treatment programme. It takes into consideration the equipment and estate’s resources, together with climate and phenological data to draw up a tailor-made schedule.
JEAN-PAUL DOUZALS, RESEARCHER AT INRAE
“We are going to share our first findings on the benefits of drone spraying”
“In association with IFV, we have spent the last two years studying the ability of drones to treat plots with steep gradients compared with the currently authorised solutions such as tracked machines or back-mounted sprayers. We will share our first findings at SITEVI 2021. We will discuss the agronomic and environmental benefits, but also the effects on operator health and the organisation of work.”
Also on the agenda is the monitoring of the water rationing of vines using satellite imagery (Thursday 2 November at 9:30 am) and the presentation of the latest version of the application ApeX – Vigne designed by IFV (same time slot) to make it easier to monitor vine growth and estimate water stress.
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