Initiating their partnership at the beginning of 2021, Bloomfield Robotics and Oppy commenced tech trials in its California grape vineyards which revealed quick success. Just one year later, Oppy is investing in its first-ever technology venture.
The Oppy team testing the Bloomfield Robotics technology.
Bloomfield Robotics' proprietary FLASH camera is attached to a moving vehicle, such as an ATV or tractor, and as it moves through the orchard, it takes pixel-by-pixel data. That data is then processed through its deep learning AI to forecast and manage yield down to the cluster level, detecting and measuring morphologic and phenotypic information to inform decisions and enhance the performance and health of every plant.
Currently underway in their second season and working towards commercialization, the duo looks toward their next move as strategic partners.
Bloomfield Robotics' proprietary FLASH camera is attached to a moving vehicle, such as an ATV or tractor, and as it moves through the orchard, it takes pixel-by-pixel data.
“Grapes are just the beginning,” said Garland Perkins, who leads innovative efforts at Oppy as senior manager of innovation and sustainability. “We’re confident we’ll roll this tech out into other categories in the near future — and with Oppy’s diverse portfolio, we have a wide array of applications to trial.”
While its forecasting capabilities provide significantly more data than in-field scouting, according to Perkins, the AI also helps strategically guide the grower’s commercial crop decisions with precise accuracy.
“We’re honored and excited to be working so closely with Oppy in an effort to further digitalize its crops,” said Mark DeSantis, CEO of Bloomfield Robotics. “Our team looks forward to supporting Oppy.”
Left to right: Garland Perkins, Mark DeSantis.
Oppy is a proud supporter of Bloomfield Robotics. “This valuable and strategic investment in our supply chain underlines our dedication to this technology,” said Perkins.