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UC Davis Mechanical Vineyard Management Course

March 26 @ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Recent Study Shows All Around Benefits of Mechanized Vineyard Canopy Management
This course covers the anatomy of the grapevine, including trellis types and how best to prepare a vineyard for mechanical management. Learn how to set up mechanical pruners, shoot thinners and leaf removers for efficient production, as well as how to adjust and calibrate speed and efficiency of mechanical harvesters. Working parts of a mechanical harvester will also be discussed.
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Students will be at the Oakville Field Station all day. There will be field demonstrations all day regardless of weather conditions. Students should dress in weather appropriate clothing. Field work appropriate footwear is encouraged. Out of consideration to other students observing the demonstrations, umbrellas are discouraged. We would also suggest that students wear a hat and sunscreen. Please be advised, there will be a considerable amount of standing for long periods while students are in the field.

Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received seven calendar days before the course begins. View complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.


Sahap Kurtural

Sahap Kurtural, Ph.D., is an associate Cooperative Extension specialist in viticulture with the Department of Viticulture and Enology. He is headquartered at the department’s Oakville Station, a 40-acre research vineyard in Napa Valley. Kurtural received his Ph.D. in plant biology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He was an associate professor in viticulture and enology at Fresno State before joining the UC Davis faculty in 2015. Read more about Kurtural


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