Taking Control of Your Vineyard

Taking Control of Your Vineyard

Pierce's disease, mold, bugs, over and under fertigation, and weather threaten vineyards worldwide, with effects ranging from minimal impact to large-scale loss of crop yield. That is why you need the crucial data that allows you to proactively protect your vineyard.

The most yield using the least resources

A vineyard lives and dies on your ability to maximize yields while fine tuning resource usage. In addition, the ability to induce stress to the vines at different growth stages requires powerful tools. METER Group is uniquely qualified to help you achieve and maintain the delicate balance vineyards require. At METER, our instrumentation allows you to gather the crucial data and your vineyard’s water usage, elements of fertilizer usage, plant stress, and local microclimate to empower fact-based crop management decisions.

Researchers, governments, conservancies, and commercial industries have trusted METER to develop strategies that address their biggest concerns about soil health, water usage, fertigation, and the impacts of the climate in their pinpoint location.

Soil moisture sensors

TEROS soil sensors combine research-grade accuracy with efficient installation, saving you time while delivering best-in-class quality data delivered directly to you via ZENTRA Cloud.


When your vineyard’s success is at stake, you need the most cutting-edge soil moisture sensor on the market. One sensor measures volumetric water content, soil temperature, and electrical conductivity. These are crucial factors in determining a successful fertigation strategy and schedule.

Volumetric water content provides a precise understanding of how much water is present within the soil at any given time, the first step in understanding when to turn irrigation on and off.

Soil temperature measurements helps you understand the ideal temperatures that water is most easily absorbed into your soil.

Electrical Conductivity measures the salinity of the soil and is integral in monitoring the fertilizer volume within the soil.

A researcher holding a TEROS 12 soil moisture sensor over a wheat field



Knowing how your soil is effecting your root system is crucial for a healthy and productive growing season. The TEROS 21 soil water potential sensors allow you to understand how much water is actually available to your vines and how hard they have to work to draw water from the soil. This makes water potential the second piece of the puzzle of determining when to turn irrigation on and off. With this data you can finally understand how much of your water is actually reaching your root system.


To obtain a full picture of the movement of water within your soil, it is important to measure at multiple depths. The TEROS 54 makes this easy by measuring soil water content and temperature at four depths within one instrument. The sensors are placed at depths of 15, 30, 45, and 60 cm, encompassing the entire root zone of a typical grapevine. The TEROS 54 is also the easiest of our water content sensors to install and remove, making it the most convenient way to obtain multiple measurements while only using one logger port.

A photograph of two researchers examining a TEROS 54 while standing in a wheat field

Canopy Monitoring

Understanding the total health of your crop requires understanding what is going on from root to leaf tip and beyond. That is why METER offers instrumentation designed to monitor for leaf wetness, ice formation, stomatal conductance, and the light intercepted by the canopy to have a deeper understanding of plant growth. and the exact weather conditions in the exact location of your plants instead of relying on weather stations located miles away or generalized satellite data.

Weather Monitoring

There are often large variances between the exact weather conditions in the specific location of your plants compared to weather stations located miles away or virtual data generalized from satellite data. Accurate atmospheric measurements within and around your canopy transforms the reliability of your crop, pest, irrigation, and fertilizer management.

A chart showing the measurements obtained by each of the weather stations in the ATMOS line


ZL6 Data Logger

Connect up to 6 plug-and-play sensors to the ZL6 Data Logger, the easily installed solar-powered ultra-durable logger that automatically sends your data to ZENTRA Cloud for viewing and analysis when and where you need it.

Researcher standing in front of a ZL6 data logger and ATMOS 41 weather station

A screenshot showing optimal water content data in ZENTRA Cloud


The true power behind METER instrumentation is the data center bringing all of your measurements together. ZENTRA Cloud works together with the ZL6 data logger to start the analysis process for you. It aggregates all your data in one easy place and automatically graphs it, in near-real time which you can access anytime, anywhere.

Learn more about how ZENTRA Cloud connects everything so you miss nothing.

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