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Date: Wednesday March 4, 2020

Location: UC Davis Conference Center - 8:00 am – 6:00 pm


(includes coffee & pastries, coffee breaks, snacks, lunch & beverages)



7:15 - 8:00 am: ON-SITE REGISTRATION


Session 1: Basic principles & information for irrigation management Moderator: M. Battany

8:00-8:30 am: Soil-plant-atmosphere continuum for grapevine (K. Kurtural, UC Davis)

8:30-9:00 am: Grapevine water requirements for optimal yield and quality (K. Kurtural, UC Davis)

9:00-9:30 am: Methods and tools for irrigation scheduling in grapevine (D. Zaccaria, UC Davis)

9:30-10:00 am: Strategies for grapevine irrigation management (M. Battany, UC ANR)

10:00 – 10:15: COFFEE BREAK

10:15-10:45 am: Design criteria and maintenance of resource-efficient micro-irrigation systems (D. Zaccaria, UC Davis)

10:45-11.15 am: Micro-irrigation system evaluation, performance measures and corrective actions (M. Garcia, Napa County Resource Conservation District)


Session 2: Advanced information and technologies for irrigation Moderator: D. Zaccaria

11:15-11:45 am: Proximal sensing of vineyard soils and zone creation for variable rate irrigation (C. Yu – UC Davis)

11:45-12:15 am: Vineyard soils, soil water content, pedology and zoning using plant based measurements in the context of precision viticulture (L. Brillante – CSU Fresno)

12:15 – 1:00 pm: LUNCH BREAK                             

1:00-1:30 pm: Remote Sensing based estimation of crop ET at field, farm and district scales (J. Kimmelshue – Land IQ)

1:30-2:00 pm: Multiple spatial and temporal resolution system to support precision viticulture (A. Bonfante – CNR-ISAFOM, Italy)

2:00-2:30 pm: A modified surface energy balance model to separate soil evaporation from grapevine evapotranspiration - (O. Lagos, University of Concepcion, Chile)

2:30-3:00 pm: Developing irrigation schedules with an Internet of Things (IoT) platform (F. Rojo, Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile)

3:00-3:30 pm: Hardware and software components for automated implementation of irrigation schedules at field and farm scales (V. King – HotSpot Ag)

3:30 – 3:45 pm:  COFFEE BREAK

Session 3: Understanding and mitigating the effects of climate variability and change Moderator: K. Kurtural

3:45-4:15 pm: Climate change – implications for the San Joaquin Valley grapes and wine industry (T. Pathak, UC Merced)

4:15-4:45 pm: Principles of frost protection and water-related implications (R. Snyder, UC Davis)

4:45-5:15 pm: Frost protection using frost fans, inversion towers and data fusion (M. Battany, UC ANR)

5:15-5:30 pm: Practices for preventing/reducing risks of heat damages (K. Kurtural, UC Davis)

5:30-6:00 pm: Partial replacements of grapevine evapotranspiration and effects on berry and wine chemistry in a hot climate (N. Torres, UC Davis) - with tasting of wines