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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.

    139: Vineyard Irrigation Scheduling

    139: Vineyard Irrigation Scheduling

    What is the most important factor in vineyard irrigation scheduling? Organization. Having defined company goals and someone in charge of holding the team accountable. Tom Shapland, Co-founder and CEO of Tule Technologies and Lucas Pope, Director of Operations at Coastal Vineyard Services share their top challenges and strategies to apply the right amount of water at the right time. Incorporating tools like soil moisture sensors, plant-based monitoring, weather data, and soil types helps farmers know how much water is reserved in the soil so they can irrigate efficiently without applying more than the soil can handle.
    References: 2022-07-15 Night Harvest Lighting & SWEEP Grants Tailgate (register) 55: Using Technology to Schedule Irrigation (podcast) 63: Evaluate and Maintain Your Irrigation System (podcast) 108: Using Satellite Data for Irrigation Scheduling Drip Irrigation Startup: Recommended Procedures How To Correct Pressure Chamber Readings for the Influence of Vapor Pressure Deficit (Tom Shapland) Irrigation Consumer Bill of Rights Irrigation Maintenance in English & Spanish (video) Irrigation Scheduling in Winegrape Vineyards (by Craig Macmillan and Kris Beal) SIP Certified Sustainable Ag Expo November 14-16, 2022 Tule Technologies Tule Technologies video library on irrigation topics Coastal Vineyard Services Get More Subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode on the latest science and research with the Sustainable Winegrowing Podcast. Since 1994, Vineyard Team has been your resource for workshops and field demonstrations, research, and events dedicated to the stewardship of our natural resources.
    Learn more at www.vineyardteam.org.
    Transcript Craig Macmillan  0:00 
    Hi, I'm your host Craig Macmillan. And today our guests are Tom Shapland, who is the Co-Founder and CEO of Tule Technologies. And Lucas Pope, who is Director of Operations for Coastal Vineyard Services. Thanks, you guys for being here.
     
    Tom Shapland  0:12 
    Great to be here. Thank you for having us.
     
    Craig Macmillan  0:16 
    Today, we're going to talk about irrigation scheduling very important topic, obviously, which will become obvious if it's not already as we move through the interview here. I've had a lot of experience with this. And now I get the pleasure of hearing what other folks say rather than just listening to myself all the time. I've got a question for both of you, Tom, you can go first. Why is irrigation scheduling using a methadone other than just simply calendar approach so important?
     
    Tom Shapland  0:39 
    We know irrigation scheduling is important, because every year the yield and quality from a vineyard changes. And we can ask ourself, what happened that the yield or quality is different this year in this very same piece of ground compared to last year. And there are a number of factors we can point to the weather is different every year, how you manage the canopy may be different every year, how you manage the fruit load. And finally, another thing that's important is how much water has been stored in the soil profile from winter rainfall and how you irrigate it. And we know that every year the vines get, a vineyard block gets a different amount of water from winter rainfall that sets up every year in a different way. And how we irrigate influences the water status of the plants throughout the year and in turn influences the yield and quality of the vineyard. So we can look at the yield and quality for each particular year. And we can ask ourselves, why is the yielding quality different this year compared to last year. And one of the main factors is how we irrigated. That if we just irrigate, assuming that everything's the same every year that the canopy size is the same, the amount of rainfall stored in the soil profile is the same, we're gonna get a different result. So if you're really trying to aim for a certain yield target, or a certain quality target, or a certain yield and quality ta

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    5 Tips for Your Wine Brand's Social Media | Marketing Tip Monday

    5 Tips for Your Wine Brand's Social Media | Marketing Tip Monday

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    137: The Pierce's Disease and Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Board

    137: The Pierce's Disease and Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Board

    Invasive pests and diseases are a challenge for all grape growers. Research is vital to develop new strategies and solutions. The Pierce’s Disease/Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter Board was established nearly two decades ago to allocate funding to the most promising research projects. Kristin Lowe, Research Coordinator at the Pierce's Disease and Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter Board and President of Vine Balance Consulting shares how projects are funded through a rigorous scientific review and screening panel. Also, learn about some of the most exciting projects including “pathogen confusion” to control Pierce’s Disease from Dr. Steve Lindow and a gene editing technology for grapevines using plant protoplasts Dr David Tricoli.
    References: 89: New Pierce’s Disease Vaccine (podcast) 2021 Pierce’s Disease Research Projects at a Glance 2021 Pierce’s Disease Research Symposium Proceedings 2021 Pierce’s Disease Research Symposium session recordings 2022-07-16 Night Harvest Lighting & SWEEP Grants Tailgate About the PD/GWSS Board Biological Control of Pierce’s Disease of Grape by an Endophytic Bacterium CDFA Pierce's Disease Research Symposium SIP Certified Sustainable Ag Expo November 14-16, 2022 Vine Balance Consulting Get More Subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode on the latest science and research with the Sustainable Winegrowing Podcast. Since 1994, Vineyard Team has been your resource for workshops and field demonstrations, research, and events dedicated to the stewardship of our natural resources.
    Learn more at www.vineyardteam.org.
    Transcript Craig Macmillan  0:00 
    I'm your host Craig Mcmillan. And with me today is Kristin Lowe, president of Vine Balance Consulting, and research coordinator for the Pierce's Disease Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter Board. Welcome, Kristin.
     
    Kristin Lowe  0:12 
    Thank you so much for having me.
     
    Craig Macmillan  0:13 
    First off, can you tell us what is the Pierce's Disease and Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter Board or the PDGWSS? As I want to call it from now on?
     
    Kristin Lowe  0:21 
    Absolutely. So the PDGWSS Board is a group of California growers or grower producers. There's 14 board members and also one public member. And their primary goal is to make sure that all of the assessment funds that are received to the board go to the most promising research for our most challenging pests and diseases today. Those that are designated as important problems.
     
    Craig Macmillan  0:48 
    And so the funding comes from an assessment.
     
    Kristin Lowe  0:50 
    That is correct. So the assessment, I believe, on average is about $1.50 per $1,000 of grapes in terms of value .The most, the cap is at $3 per 1000 grapes in value. But yes, that's collected every year and has been so since the board started back in 2001.
     
    Craig Macmillan  1:13 
    What led to the creation of the board?
     
    Kristin Lowe  1:15 
    Pierce's Disease. So. Well, I think anyone who's looked into the history of Pierce's Disease, so this is a bacterial disease, endemic to California, not not necessarily new to California, right. But what was new to California was not only the establishment, but the fact that the Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter started thriving down in Southern California. That is the vector for Pierce's Disease. That insect exists in parts of Mexico and also parts of Florida and the Southeast US. But it got to California, and it started doing really well to the point that Pierce's disease started taking off. This led to a lot of sad looking pictures of dead vines, lots of concern over lost acreage, and this would be during the late 1990s or so. And in response to this, industry leaders from all different groups came together. A combination of industry USDA, UC California researchers, CDFA, to create the Pierce's Disease Control Program. And that's got many facets, but one of it is the PDGWSS Board, which whose mission is to fund the most important research to combat

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    136: The Modern Subscription Model | Marketing Tip Monday

    136: The Modern Subscription Model | Marketing Tip Monday

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    Cold Hardiness of Grapevines

    Cold Hardiness of Grapevines

    There are three levels of cold hardiness in grapes and understanding these can help growers select and manage the best varieties for their region. Imed Dami, Professor of Viticulture in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at The Ohio State University, explains cold tolerance and new information about the role of abscisic acid in ripening.
    First an overview of cold hardiness. The first level is very cold tender. A lot of these varieties are grown in California and they are not native to North America. Second, are cold hardy, or tolerant grapes. These are the native species to North America. And third are hybrid crosses. The majority of grapes being farmed fall into this category.
    New research is being done on abscisic acid, a plant hormone that induces dormancy. When sprayed around version, it can help send the plants into dormancy earlier and maintain a deeper dormancy which makes the grapevines more cold tolerant.  
    References: 2022-06-03 Roller Crimper Tailgate (Register) Abscisic Acid and Cold Hardiness in Grapes Buckeye Appellation Foliar Applied Abscisic Acid Increases ‘Chardonnay’ Grapevine Bud Freezing Tolerance during Autumn Cold Acclimation Foliar Application of Abscisic Acid Increases Freezing Tolerance of Field-grown Vitis vinifera Cabernet franc Grapevines (Abstract only) Imed Dami (email) SIP Certified Sustainable Ag Expo November 14-16, 2022 Winter Injury to Grapevines and Methods of Protection Get More Subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode on the latest science and research with the Sustainable Winegrowing Podcast. Since 1994, Vineyard Team has been your resource for workshops and field demonstrations, research, and events dedicated to the stewardship of our natural resources.
    Learn more at www.vineyardteam.org.
    Transcript Craig Macmillan  0:00 
    Our guest today is Imed Dami. He's Professor of Viticulture in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at The Ohio State University. Thanks for being on the show, Imed. So you're doing some pretty interesting work there in the Midwest or East, depending on who you ask. So you work in Ohio, and you work in cold hardiness of grapes, grape vines, which is the work you've been doing for quite a fair amount of time. Now, you did that as well, in your graduate work. What can you tell us about what the climatic conditions are like in Ohio, especially in regards to cold weather, that may not be seen another grape growing region to the US. So other listeners may not be familiar with kind of the challenges there are.
     
    Imed Dami  0:35 
    So in terms of the growing season in Ohio, it could be similar to many other grape growing regions in the country. However, during the dormant season, in the winter, it is different, it is much colder in Ohio. So the way we determine you know, how cold it is, in Ohio, is there is this maps, it's called the plant called hardness map developed by USDA. And these maps are based on lowest temperature for 30 years during the coldest month of the year. So they put that information together, you know, and they come up with averages, and then they divide, you know, each state into different zones based on those minimum temperature. Okay. So for example, in Ohio, we have three zone. The minimum temperature range between zero and minus 15 fahrenheit. So that is cold. And then they designate you know, these zones, like a number and the letter. So, for example, in Ohio, we have the three zones, you know, designated as six B, six A and five B. However, the majority of the state falls in the what we call six A's zone, where temps range between minus five to minus 15. So that is very cold. So, how do we relate this to the grapes? Grape vines, typically, they start to see cold damage at temperature of zero fahrenheit, or lower. So you could see, you know, like grown grapes in the majority of the location in Ohio is challenging, you know, just because of how cold it gets during the winter. Just to

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    134: Seasons of Sustainability: Summer | Marketing Tip Monday

    134: Seasons of Sustainability: Summer | Marketing Tip Monday

    We know customers are looking for wines labeled as sustainable. To help you communicate your sustainable practices with customers we are bringing you Marketing Tip Mondays from SIP Certified. Let’s listen in to our latest tip so you can show your customers that you share their values.  Seasons of Sustainability: Summer While many industries slowdown in the summer, the warmer, longer days bring a boost of activity in the world of wine. We can always expect to see an increase in tourists and locals looking to explore the wineries and vineyards in the coming summer months, all while the excitement of harvest brews behind the scenes. Here are some tips to help prepare you for the busy season ahead!
    Teach your team about your practices so they can make your customers experience special. Bring your farmer or winemaker into your next team meeting to talk about what’s going on right now from conserving water by monitoring soil and plant moisture status to conserving energy in the cellar with night fans. These timely practices are also perfect for social media.
    We also have two great PDF downloads you can share with your staff to help them answer the most frequently asked questions in the tasting room like “What is an example of sustainable farming?” and “How often do you water the vines?”.
    On your podcast player, scroll down to the show notes to get all the resources. You can also subscribe to our Marketing Tips eNewsletter to get the latest consumer trends, branding methods, and sales tactics delivered right to your inbox.
    Thanks for listening to Marketing Tips Monday from SIP Certified. Let us know what you think of these micro podcasts by sending an email to podcast@vineyardteam.org.
    References: Marketing Tips eNewsletter Seasons of Sustainability: Summer SIP Buzzwords for Your Consumer-Facing Staff Talking to Your Customers About Your Sustainable Practices

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31 Ratings

grapesmuggler246 ,

Outstanding

Sound info across all aspects of wine grape growing. Perfect for all levels of knowledge.

sloCook ,

Great educational resource

Interesting topics. Great production. Educational & informative.

Carological ,

Solid Professional Information

Informative, thoroughly professional interviews with knowledgeable professionals. Learned a lot I didn't know about viticulture and sustainable winegrowing. Highly recommended!

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