New & Noteworthy
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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