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Drought Challenges in the Vineyard

June 3 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

Learn about our current water situation, the effects of drought in the vineyard, and what you can do to mitigate the impacts of a water shortage. Industry experts spoke on various strategies to help your vineyard produce quality grapes during our current water shortage. Presenters included: Mendocino County Supervisor Glenn McGourty (retired Mendocino County UC Extension Ag Advisor), Mark Battany from UC Extension San Luis Obispo, Andy Walker from UC Davis, Dan Rinke from Art+Science Cider+Wine, and Ryan Hills from Fruition Science.

Topics presented:

  • Current state of water in Mendocino County
  • Relationship between winter rainfall amount and how much irrigation is needed
  • Water consumption by cover crops
  • Strategies for irrigating with limited water
  • Sap flow sensors – how they can be used to save water
  • Future vineyard development and water usage
  • Innovative products for water conservation and retention
  • Monitoring plant nutrition and drought stress microbes

Andy Walker’s Presentation – Future Vineyard Development and Water Usage

Dan Rinke’s Presentation – Weed & Water Irrigation Trays

Mark Battany’s Presentation – Responding to Drought Conditions

Ryan Hill’s Presentation – Sap Flow Sensors

Additional Information can be found on our Grower Resources page


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