New & Noteworthy
Secure Your Booth for the 2023 Sustainable Ag Expo - 75% are already claimed!
Booths at the Sustainable Ag Expo in November are going fast, 75% are already claimed!
Sustainable Ag Expo Spotlights Agricultural Robotics
There have been harvesting robots since the 1970s. Yet, there are still no commercial harvesting robots for most crops in 2022, a UC Davis professor noted last week during his presentation on agricultural robotics at Sustainable Ag Expo and International Sustainable Winegrowing Summit in San Luis Obispo. Robots need to be highly efficient and fast, said UC Davis Prof. Stavros Vougioukas, who researches agricultural robotics. These two factors determine “the economics of robotics,” Vougioukas said Nov. 14.Read More
Robotics & Electric Vehicles – the Future of Viticulture?
Robotic and electric vehicles are on the minds if not already in the fields of many vineyard farmers. Agricultural operations around the world are realizing the benefits of adopting these emerging technologies; increased safety and efficiency in repetitive tasks and the subsequent ability to reserve the work of human hands for more technical tasks are profoundly impactful on a farming operation.Read More
2022 Exhibitor Instructions
We are readily approaching the 2022 Sustainable Ag Expo and want to thank you for being an exhibitor. To ensure you have a smooth experience, please review the exhibitor instructions, deadlines, and detailed information below.Read More
Come be our boots on the ground. Donate your time to help us put on the Sustainable Ag Expo and receive an all-access ticket to the three-day event.Read More
Speaker Highlight: Dr. Pam Marrone
Dr. Marrone is a featured presenter at the 2022 Sustainable Ag Expo. Her talk is titled "Biologicals for pest management and plant health – the latest on the market, new developments and grower adoption."Read More
Speaker Highlight: Dr Akif Eskalen
Dr. Eskalen is a Professor of Cooperative Extension in the plant pathology department at UC Davis. He is a featured presenter at the 2022 Sustainable Ag Expo. He will dive into the identification, biology, epidemiology, and new management strategies for grapevine trunk diseases (GTD), including pruning wound protection trials that his lab has been running for the last few years.
2022 Program Announcement
We are bringing together over 30 of the world's top viticulture experts and experienced growers. Our topics range from Managing Grape Powdery Mildew & Botrytis Bunch Rot to The State of the Vineyard Real Estate Market.Read More
Limited Exhibitor Space Available
We are almost sold out! Would your business benefit from an exhibitor space at the premier event for sustainable wine-growing? The 2022 Sustainable Ag Expo is just a few months away! It will take place November 14 - 16 at the Madonna Inn Expo Center in San Luis Obispo. We only have a few exhibitor spaces left. Renew your Vineyard Team Business Membership now to save your exhibitor space.Read More
Session Highlight: Dr. Marc Fuchs Provides Updates on Red Blotch Disease
This presentation will address the latest on transmission biology of red blotch virus by the three-cornered alfalfa hopper. It will also address the latest on red blotch disease spread in vineyards and red blotch disease ecology in vineyard ecosystems.Read More
Registration is Now Open!
We're back in person, registration is now open. Looking for the latest viticulture and technology from the world's top experts? The 2022 Sustainable Ag Expo runs from November 14-16 and brings together researchers and growers so you can earn continuing education hours and improve your business all while connecting with peers and agriculture companies.
91: Carbon Sequestration
Dr. Charlotte Decock, Assistant Professor Cal Poly - Earth & Soil Sciences talks about soil management with the goal of capturing greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere and sequestering them in the soil. Her teaching and research focus on sustainable fertilizer and soil management in California’s specialty crops. Decock is a previously featured presenter of the Sustainable Ag Expo, listen below to hear her research on soil management and sustainable fertilizer.Read More
92: Regenerative Agriculture
David R. Montgomery defines regenerative agriculture as leaving the land better off and more fertile as a consequence of cultivation. Montgomery has been a featured presenter at the Sustainable Ag Expo, listen below to hear his research he has defined three principles to build soil fertility; minimal disturbance, cover cropping, and growing a diversity of crops. David studied geology at Stanford University before earning his Ph.D. in geomorphology at UC Berkeley. Today he teaches at the University of Washington where he studies the evolution of topography and how geological processes shape landscapes and influence ecological systems.Read More
93: Farming Hemp in Wine Country
A recent study examined the potential of hemp terpene drifts from hemp crops planted in close proximity to vineyards in Sonoma County, California. George Sellu, Program Coordinator and Instructor in the Agribusiness Department at Santa Rosa Junior College explains the nuances of hemp production from how volatile aroma profiles vary by variety, the lack of studies to show volatiles impact grapes, wind influence on the volatile organic compound movement, and smoke taint. Sellu has been a featured presenter at the Sustainable Ag Expo, listen below to hear his expertise on hemp products.Read More
94: Effective Vineyard Spraying
Leading expert Dr. Andrew Landers of Cornell University discusses his more than thirty years of research and development on pesticide sprayer technology to reduce pesticide use through accurate, efficient delivery of the product to the plant. Landers has been a featured presenter at the Sustainable Ag Expo, listen below to hear Landers discuss the best ways to spray within a vineyard.Read More
96: Spotted Lanternfly - Threat to California
The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is the newest agricultural invasive species in the United States. Originally from Asia, this insect feeds on plant sap from a broad range of hosts. Dr. Heather Leach, Extension Associate at the Department of Entomology at Penn State University has been a featured presenter at the Sustainable Ag Expo. Click below to listen to her research on the spotted lanternfly.Read More
106: What? Bury Charcoal in the Vineyard?
Sustainable Winegrowing with the Vineyard Team, podcast #106. What, bury charcoal in the vineyard? Biochar is a specialized form of charcoal made from waste woody biomass at high temperatures in the absence of oxygen. We know soil organic matter is important for the health of any crop. It turns out the use of charwood (biochar) goes back to ancient civilizations and it can be found naturally in soils from fire events.Read More
2022 Sponsorships Available
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