Extending the Information. A Year into the Efficient Vineyard Project

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A lot has happened in the first year of the USDA/NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative Project. The project team met in March 2016 at the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory in Chautauqua County, NY to not only plan for the upcoming growing season but to also assist the Technology Adoption and Outreach team in developing a project brand. After much discussion, the project was given the moniker “Efficient Vineyard”.  

While there has been a lot of great research conducted during the first year of the Efficient Vineyard project by the project participants, it would mean little if the results were not made available to those who would be implementing the variable rate practices in their vineyard operations. This is where the Technology Adoption and Outreach group comes in.

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Since the project is being carried out over a very large geographical area (from New York and Pennsylvania to California), a logo was developed to pull all areas of the project together in an easily identifiable project “brand” and a website was developed to ensure current project information was available to project team members, project cooperators, project funders and those across the United States who are interested in the implementable aspects of the project.

A survey was conducted at the beginning of the project to assist in determining the baseline knowledge of the project, current use of spatial data and variable rate management in vineyards and how end users would prefer to receive project information. The survey was presented at grower meetings in California, New York and Pennsylvania and as a web-based instrument for members the grape industry across the US. Member of the Efficient Vineyard Advisory committee were invited to participate in the survey as well. Results of the survey along with an executive summary can be found under Outreach on the Efficient Vineyard website.

Efficient Vineyard project director, Dr. Terry Bates, Cornell University, put together a presentation providing an overview of the progress that has been made in the first year in all aspects of the project including Project Oversight, Precision Sensing, Spatial Data Technology, Differential Vineyard Management, Economic Evaluation and Assessment and Technology Adoption and Outreach. This presentation can be found under Current Research on the Efficient Vineyard website.