The Efficient Vineyard team will be presenting a webinar the second Tuesday of each month at 1:00PM (Eastern Time – US and Canada)
Our next webinar:
Webinar 8: Topic TBA
Webinar 1: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Precision Viticulture
This webinar will provide background and scope for the rest of the webinar series as well as 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.
Soil is the growing medium for grapevines, playing a key role in nutrient and water availability and cycling. Cultural practices like irrigation, fertilization, liming and cover cropping must be adapted to a specific soil environment. We will discuss how inherent variability in soil properties can be measured spatially using off-the-shelf sensors and how "work smarter, not harder" translates to soil sampling.
Webinar 3: Does Your Photosynthetic Engine Need a Tune-up?
An efficient grapevine canopy maximizes photosynthetic capacity while minimizing internal shading. Efficient photosynthesis drives fruit production and quality. This webinar covers the basics of canopy architecture and how sensors collect NDVI data (don't worry, we will break that down too) that can be used to map canopy size in vineyards.
Webinar 4: The Low Down on Yield Monitoring
For the average grower, grape yield is measured in bin trailers, gondolas or truck loads. Total yield is usually a reflection of truck load weigh slips for fruit in the table, raisin or juice market or records kept on the press deck at the winery. Commercially available yield monitors have been adapted to grape harvesters and make it possible to measure yield in real time as a harvester moves down the row. We will talk about how these monitors work and how yield data can be mapped in real time and post-harvest.
Webinar 5: Non-Destructive Sensing in Vineyards
This webinar will discuss our work on the measuring various viticultural parameters in the field using cameras and artificial intelligence. We will describe the hardware used to collect images in the field, the software pipeline that extracts measurements from the camera images, the results of using this approach to measure parameters in the field, and some of the challenges and opportunities we see for this line of work going forward. George Kantor of Carnegie Mellon will be a guest speaker.
Webinar 6: The Spatial Data Cycle
We have learned about the various ways to collect spatial vineyard data on soil, canopy and crop. This webinar will follow this valuable information on its journey from the sensor through processing and mapping software and back to the vineyard for variable rate management.
Webinar 7: Shoot Thinning of the Future
This webinar presents the Efficient Vineyard protocol for estimating shoot number across entire vineyards and using variable rate technology to balance shoot number with vine size according to our crop load model.
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Trade names used in this webinar are for convenience only. No endorsement of products is intended, nor is criticism of unnamed products implied. The information in this webinar reflect the current (and past) participants’ best effort to interpret a complex body of scientific research, and to translate this into practical management options. Following the guidance provided in this webinar does not assure compliance with any applicable law, rule, regulation or standard, or the achievement of particular discharge levels from agricultural land.