NEWS RELEASE
April 2, 2019
Advancing research to maximize the productivity, sustainability and competitiveness
 of the American grape industries.

Mechanical shoot thinning*

DATES ANNOUNCED FOR EFFICIENT VINEYARD
VARIABLE-RATE SHOOT THINNING DEMOS

Two Demos in California This Month
The SCRI-funded, NGRA-supported sensor-and-mechanization
research project called Efficient Vineyard  concludes this year.
But first, it's 
bringing two demonstrations to growers in California!
 
Efficient Vineyard Demos: Variable-Rate Shoot Thinning

Friday, April 5, 2019
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Scheid Family Wines -  Riverview Vineyard
Email hello@graperesearch.org to RSVP

Friday, April 19, 2019** 
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Borden Hills Ranch 
Hosted by E. & J. Gallo Winery and the Lodi Winegrape Commission
Email lwwc@lodiwine.com to RSVP

 **The date for this event is tentative, pending sufficient canopy growth

Join Principal Investigator  Dr. Terry Bates of Cornell University for one of two (or both) of these demos as  he puts into action  the variable rate techniques and technology he and his team have developed, here focused on shoot thinning.

Dr. Bates will 1)  compose a map of vineyard vigor (NDVI) and calibrate the map
against manual shoot counts, and 2) 
generate a predicted spatial shoot count map
and use that data to complete a prescription map that the
mechanized shoot thinner will follow automatically. 

Explore the Efficient Vineyard Manual
for guidance on variable rate management in your own vineyard.

Thank you to Scheid Family Wines, E. & J. Gallo Winery and the
Lodi Winegrape Commission for hosting these even ts,
and to VMech
 for customizing their equipment for the demos.

*Photo Courtesy Efficient Vineyard
ABOUT THE NATIONAL GRAPE RESEARCH ALLIANCE
In 2005, the National Grape Research Alliance (NGRA) was organized to drive research to strengthen the productivity, sustainability and competitiveness of America's grape industries. The group unites all grape sectors including raisin, juice, table and wine grapes together with researchers and grant funders in a unique collaborative effort that focuses on game-changing, national-level research. For more information, visit graperesearch.org.