New technologies and adaptation to climate change focus the 6th Technical Conference on Viticulture of Covides


The Prunamala estate in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia has once again hosted the celebration of the Technical Day of Viticulture that Covides celebrates annually. With the participation of more than 100 members of Covides, and organized by the ADV team of the co-operative, in the sixth edition of the conference, several studies and products of the agricultural sector dedicated to the improvement of the cultivation of the vineyard and the preservation of the environment have been presented. This year the technological side and climate change have also played a prominent role. During the morning, various technological applications dedicated to the cultivation of the vineyard and to minimize the consequences of climate change in agriculture have been explained.

New technologies and climate change in the vineyard

One of the outstanding presentations of the day has been the one held by the member of the Grup de Recerca d'Agricultura de Precisió (GRAP) of the University of Lleida (UdL), Jordi Llorenç. During the exhibition, he explained how new technologies can be used to apply phytosanitary treatments in the vineyard; in what fields of research are they working on and what is the future for this type of tool in the agricultural sector. Llorenç has exposed several cases where decisions are taken in wine management, from the obtaining of figures through sensors.

On the other hand, the member of the Climate Change Office (OCCC), Gabriel Borràs, has detailed the consequences of the increase in temperatures and the loss of rainfall in agriculture. Borràs has set as an example the last three vintages or the evolution of the species that inhabit the Mediterranean forests. The presentation has sensitized attendees to take measures to mitigate the effects of climate change in the vineyards of Penedès.

Innovative phytosanitary treatments

The application of treatments in the vineyard based on marine algae has been another of the presentations of the day. The person in charge of carrying it out has been the plant protection product technique of Arysta, Irene González. She has explained a study based on how this product can act in aspects of plant nutrition, stress, production and sanitary defense of crops. González has concluded that the algae can be added to the traditional strategies of fertilization of the vineyard. In addition, the responsible of marketing of Portugal of the fertilizer company Compo, Pedro Cabanita, has presented the results of an assay comparing the results obtained with different foliar fertilizers in the vineyard.

During the day, the new atomizer at Joan Cortiada vineyard and the range of organic products by the Compo vineyard was also presented. At the end of the presentations, attendees enjoyed a lunch at Sol i Vi restaurant in Subirats courtesy of Banc Sabadell.