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Precision Viticulture Webinar Series Starts June 12

by Ted Rieger
June 05, 2018

A new monthly webinar series, “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Precision Agriculture,” begins June 12, 2018 with an overview presentation, “Precision Viticulture at a Glance.” The educational series is presented by the Efficient Vineyard project, a national, multi-institution research and outreach project coordinated through Cornell University in New York, funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), and supported by the National Grape Research Alliance (NGRA).

The hour-long webinars will air the second Tuesday of each month beginning at 1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) and will include a 30-minute presentation, an opening discussion period and a Q & A session. The June 12 webinar will provide background and scope for the rest of the webinar series, straight-talk on how applying precision viticulture (PV) can take the guess work out of vineyard management and how a short-term investment in PV can increase profitability, efficiency and sustainability.

All webinar presenters are involved with the Efficient Vineyard project that has working groups and team members nationwide conducting research and developing and evaluating technology. Project members are affiliated with Cornell, the University of California Davis, Penn State University and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. The June 12 presenters are Jackie Dresser, research technician at the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory; and Kevin Martin, extension educator at Penn State University with the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program.

The webinars are organized by the Efficient Vineyard project’s Technology Adoption and Outreach Group led by Tim Weigle of Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension and the New York State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. Weigle, based in Portland, NY said, “The intention behind these webinars is to provide a broad introduction to PV in plain English. Whether growers are new to PV or are already integrating it in their vineyards, this series should provide a good baseline of approachable information to facilitate implementation.”

The information is intended to be useful for grape growers throughout the U.S. no matter what amount of acreage they manage or the type of grapes they grow. Weigle said, “The series is designed to present information in the order that it is used in the cycle of PV.” Future topics will include measurement and validation of spatial soil, canopy and crop data in vineyards using off-the-shelf sensors. The series will then discuss the path from raw data to variable rate management in the vineyard, and later will introduce new and emerging technologies.

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