When wine runs dry, these drones have your back

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There are plenty of reasons to fret about the havoc that climate change will wreak on global food systems, but none worse than the fate of one Vitis vinifera, if you ask this Italian-ish francophile. But I’ll let someone else whine about the ravages of the Anthropocene; I prefer to wine about it.

Perhaps no one takes this issue as seriously — and creatively — as Australians, whose latest trick to protect their plonk goes above and beyond even their proclivity for applying sunscreen to their crop: Using drones to monitor and treat overheated vines. Here are the deets from Co.Exist:

One solution: Using fleets of drones to take detailed shots of the grapes, analyzing that data with an app, and then using automatic irrigation and fertilization to target specific vines that are suffering in a heat wave or drought. […]

“People used to rely on satellite technology or…

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