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GroPro Announces Facilities Expansion in California and Florida

– SPONSORED CONTENT – Due to the growing demand, GroPro is pleased to announce the expansion of its storage, manufacturing, and packaging facilities in the USA. GroPro, an international Bio-Pesticide, Bio-Stimulant, and Bio-Fertilizer manufacturer with headquarters in Minneapolis (the USA), is planning an expansion of its operational facilities in California and Florida. The planned expansion will replace California’s existing 5,000 sq …

Beyond Drip Irrigation: Meeting Demands for Water Efficiency

– SPONSORED CONTENT – Between 1980 and 2014, California growers increased production by 38 percent while simultaneously decreasing their water consumption by 14 percent. But as drought patterns worsen, policymakers are again looking to agriculture to reduce its water use. Where might additional savings come from? Drip irrigation and its limitations The transition from flood irrigation to drip systems and …

Fully Automated Wine Grape Vineyard Pruning Becomes More Economical

There is not always sufficient time and labor to accomplish all the tasks that need to be taken care of in the vineyard.  Fortunately researchers and allied industry stakeholders have collaborated and innovated to provide an economical way for the full automation of winter pruning in wine grape vineyards.  Watch this brief video with Kaan Kurtural from UC Davis as …

Fresno State Researchers Speed Up Grape Composition/Maturity Monitoring Process

Monitoring the progress of your grape composition and timing harvest just right when you have thousands of acres, several varieties and diverse growing conditions can be difficult to keep up with.  Well, the Fresno State Department of Viticulture & Enology has been working with industry collaborators on speeding up with process with greater accuracy.  Watch this brief video with Luca …

Using Hyperspectral Imaging to Detect Grapevine Water Stress

Drones are being more widely employed for various purposes in the agricultural sector.  The Fresno State Department of Viticulture & Enology is taking things to the next level by measuring grapevine water stress through hyperspectral imaging, using drone-accumulated data to further automate the irrigation process. Watch this brief interview with Luca Brillante and Kaylah Vasquez to learn more, and read …

Vineyard Mechanization Beyond Harvest

A record number of growers will be mechanically harvesting their grapes this year, due in part to increasing labor limitations.  There have been many recent innovations in mechanization that go far beyond the machine harvesting of grapes.  From mechanical leaf and sucker removal to automated winter pruners, watch this video with Aaron Lange from Langetwins Family Winery & Vineyards for …

Turlock Irrigation District Serves Growers, Conserves Water with New Technology

Amidst a threatening drought, groups and individuals are working to find more ways to conserve the precious resource of water, and Turlock Irrigation District has been leading the way for sustainable water management with new technologies and strategies. Watch this brief interview with Michelle Reimers from Turlock Irrigation District as she explains their recent improvements and plans. Please thank this …

American Vineyard April Issue

Contents of the April Issue: Sustainability From the Ground Up Columbine Vineyards Achieves Sustainability Certification Solbrio: The New Table Grape on the Block A Promising Black Seedless Variety for California Growers Mapping Red Blotch & Leafroll Viruses New Project with Smart Technology Makes Possible The American Grapevine Grape Industry News Briefs California Florida Montana Oregon Pennsylvania Texas Virginia Washington

Are Autonomous Self-Driving Tractors Legal in California?

As California’s agricultural industries progress towards a more sustainable future with new technologies and innovations, current Cal OSHA regulations (unless changed) may hinder their progress, particularly with regard to autonomous or self-driving tractors.  Watch this brief video with Michael Miiller from the California Association of Winegrape Growers as he explains.   Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry support.

Putting Pressure Chamber Values into Context Using the Calculated Non-Stressed Baseline

Nearly 40 years after its first documented use in grapevines, the pressure chamber (“pressure bomb”) remains the gold standard tool for determining vine water status. Whether one chooses to measure midday leaf water potential (ψleaf) or midday stem water potential (ψstem), the pressure bomb informs us how stressed our vines are and helps us decide whether to irrigate. A review …

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