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Get the latest science and research for the wine industry with Sustainable Wine Growing. Vineyard Team brings you industry professionals and experts on resource issues and business trends related to sustainable agriculture to help you put sustainability into practice.
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Get the latest science and research for the wine industry with Sustainable Wine Growing. Vineyard Team brings you industry professionals and experts on resource issues and business trends related to sustainable agriculture to help you put sustainability into practice.




32: Conserving Irrigation Water

Irrigation is just one of many things on a grower’s mind on any given day. To help growers conserve irrigation water in vineyards, Vineyard Team has launched a project to investigate how growers make decisions to adopt agricultural water BMPs given the competition of other management areas for the same scarce resources. Agricultural consultant Jacob Hernandez of JH Ag Consulting and Craig Macmillan, Technical Program Manager for Vineyard Team, discuss the Agricultural Water BMP Adoption...


31: Triple Certification at Ampelos Cellars

Peter Work, Owner, Winemaker, and Vineyard Manager at Ampelos Cellars recounts how becoming a certified organic vineyard led to becoming Demeter® biodynamic certified and eventually SIP Certified®. He explains the similarities and differences between the three certifications and how that helps him farm in a way that promotes and protects the planet, his profits, and the people who work for him. References: Ampelos CellarsDemeter® Association, Inc. Organic Pest Control in Vineyards...


30: Managing the Landscape around the Vineyard

Lino Bozzano, Vice President of Vineyard Operations at Laetitia Vineyard & Winery, explains how they graze goats and sheep to reduce the risk of fire, prevent weeds from establishing, and improve the health of grasslands as part a holistic approach to managing their 600 plus acre estate. References: 21: Investing in Sustainable Ag ResearchConservation Plan Template Ecological Pest ManagementLaetitia Vineyard & WinerySIP Certified Listen to the latest science and research with the...


29: Worker Protection Standard - 2018

The Agricultural Worker Protection Standard is a set of U.S. EPA regulations designed to protect workers from exposure to pesticides. In January 2018, new regulations came into effect. Amy Wolfe, President/CEO of AgSafe discusses changes to the Worker Protection Standard including worker training, decontamination, and emergency response training. References: AgSafeCalifornia Department of Pesticide Regulation Worker Protection Program S. EPA Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Listen...


28: Understanding Soil Health

This podcast is an excerpt of the talk Dr. Charlotte Decock delivered at the 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo on understanding soil health - what soil health is, how to increase it, and how to measure it. Dr. Decock is an Assistant Professor Cal Poly - Earth & Soil Sciences. Charlotte Decock holds a faculty position in soil health and fertility at Cal Poly. Her teaching and research focus on sustainable fertilizer and soil management in California’s specialty crops. She earned a Ph.D. in Soils and...


26: Controlling Mealybug Vectors of Grapevine Viruses

This podcast is an excerpt of the talk Dr. Kent Daane delivered at the 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo. Although Dr. Daane has laboratories on the Berkeley Campus and at the Kearney Ag Center in Parlier, much of his work is conducted in the vineyard. Recognized as one of the foremost experts in California on this controlling mealybug vectors of grapevine viruses, he shares the findings from some of his most recent research from the field. References: IPM Control of Vine Mealybug | Greg...


27: 50 Years of IPM

Integrated Pest Management means many things to many people. In this excerpt from the 2016 Sustainable Ag Expo, Dr. Pete Goodell, Cooperative Extension Advisor with the University of California, reviews the history of IPM and what is IPM as a philosophy and practice. References: NRCS Service Centers in CaliforniaPutting the I Back Into IPM | Pete Goodell (Podcast)Putting the I Back in IPMSustainable Ag ExpoUC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program Listen to the latest science and...


25: Under-Vine Cover Crops

Dr. Justine Vanden Heuvel, Associate Professor of Viticulture at Cornell University, describes how controlling vine vigor is difficult in regions with high organic matter soils and plentiful summer rain. Growing certain cover crops in the vine row can devigorate vines by as much as 30%. Others do not devigorate vines, but do keep soil in place. In vineyards on slopes under-vine cover crops can reduce or eliminate the need for herbicide applications preventing the off-site movement of soil,...


24: Measuring Water and Nitrogen Use

Paul Crout is a licensed Pest Control Advisor and Certified Crop Advisor with over 15 years of experience in managing multiple crops including winegrapes. Paul explains why keeping records of water and Nitrogen use in the vineyard is important and how to use that information to best manage your crop. References: Best Management Practices for Nitrogen Fertilization of GrapevinesExample Calculations Using a Fertilizer LabelPaul Crout | Vineyard Professional Services SIP Certified Chapter...


23: The SmartFarm Project

Chandra Krintz, Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science, University of California Santa Barbara talks about the SmartFarm vision to bring the same kinds of data analytics and prediction systems that are working well in other sectors of the economy to agriculture. Data from sensors and devices can be coupled with historical data to make more informed farming decisions by considering many variables at once. References: 13: High Tech Tools in the Vineyard EpisodeDr. Krintz’s UCSB...


22: Farm Labor Shortage

Many factors influence the number of people coming to the U.S. to work including the cost and danger of crossing the border and improved economic conditions in Mexico. Dr. Philip Martin, Ph.D. Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics- UC Davis, discusses some of the reasons there are not enough workers to meet the demand for farm laborers in California. References: Immigration and Farm Labor President Trump and U.S. Migration after 100 DaysWages rise on California farms....


21: Investing in Sustainable Ag Research

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) is a grant program of the U.S.D.A. to find solutions to problems identified by growers. By providing funding to growers for original research, demonstrations, and other projects new sustainable innovations are discovered and promoted. Western SARE Communications Manager Stacie Clary discusses the program and some of its many successes. References: 20: Dr. Mark Fuchs | Red Blotch Virus in GrapevinesConventional vs. GMO-free Broilers...


20: Dr. Mark Fuchs | Red Blotch Virus in Grapevines

Dr. Marc Fuchs researches the biology and ecology of the Grapevine Red Blotch associated Virus. His work investigates the transmission and spread of the virus, its possible vectors, how the virus affects vines, and optimal management strategies. References: A Long and Winding Road: The Discovery of the Red LeafA Long and Winding Road: The Discovery of the Red Leaf Viruses, the Leaf Rolls and Red Blotch A Short History of Red Blotch Disease Episode 3Grapevine Red Blotch-associated Virus...


19: Healthy Soils Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture appropriated funds to develop and administer a new incentive and demonstration program from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. The objective of this new Healthy Soils Program is to build soil carbon and reduce agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. References: CDFA’s Healthy Soils ProgramCalCANCOMET-Planner- GHG reduction and carbon sequestration calculator PowerPoint slides from Jenny Lester Moffitt’s talk at the 2016 Sustainable...


Next Steps in Grape Sampling Episode 18

NDVI imagery is analyzed by software which tells the grower where to go in the vineyard to take samples that will best represent the ripeness of the crop. This method could save tremendous amounts of time and generates much smaller samples for processing. References: Video of Dr. Vanden Heuvel explaining the projectJustine Vanden Heuvel’s web page Listen to the latest science and research with the Sustainable Winegrowing Podcast. Since 1994, Vineyard Team has been your resource for...


New Discoveries About Sour Rot Episode 17

Sour rot is a disease complex composed of various yeast, fungi, and bacteria that ferment grape juice released from wounded berries. Megan Hall has demonstrated that the symptoms of sour rot will only develop when fruit flies (Drosophila spp.) are present. Spraying antimicrobial materials with an insecticide weekly from 15° Brix until harvest has shown success at stopping the advance of sour rot. References: Megan Hall’s Cornell University PageSummer Bunch Rot (Sour Rot) Pest Management...


Managing Pierce’s Disease in Temecula Valley Vineyards Episode 16

A look at the history of Pierce’s Disease and what is being done today to manage this pest in the Temecula Valley. Matt Daugherty is Cooperative Extension Specialist, Department of Entomology, UC Riverside where he studies applied population ecology and provides outreach on the ecology and management of invasive insects. Dr. Daugherty gives some history and context for the glassy-winged sharpshooter monitoring and control program in Riverside County. Greg Pennyroyal, Vineyard Manager,...


IPM Control of Vine Mealybug Episode 15

Greg Pennyroyal, Vineyard Manager at Wilson Creek Winery and Vineyards in Temecula, California, discusses the appearance of vine mealybug in the Temecula Valley AVA, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques, and how growers, academics, extensionists, and students came together to collectively monitor and manage this pest. References: San Jacinto College Vine Mealy Bug Video Sustainable and Organic Control of Vine Mealybug: Two Growers, Two ApproachesSuterraVine Mealybug Flares Up in...


Organic Pest Control_Episode 14

Farming organically has many benefits, but growing winegrapes organically has special challenges. Hear how Julian Malone, Director of Vineyard Operations at Sea Smoke Vineyards uses organic pest management practices in the vineyards. References: Sea Smoke VineyardsMechanical Cultivation Video- Steel in the FieldUC Statewide IPM Weed Management in Organic Vineyards Listen to the latest science and research with the Sustainable Winegrowing Podcast. Since 1994, Vineyard Team has been your...


High Tech Tools in the Vineyard_Episode 13

Doug Beck, Science Advisor for Monterey Pacific Inc. in Monterey County, talks about the different types of technology including dendrometers, multi-spectral imaging, ArcGIS, Time-Dependent Reflectrometry, iPhones, and more. References: California Irrigation: Verizon, ITK Team Up with 3 Vineyards for Affordable SolutionCeresCropTrakMonterey Pacific, Inc.Ranch SystemsTerravionTule TechnologiesVineMetrics Listen to the latest science and research with the Sustainable Winegrowing Podcast....


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