Managing Water in California Vineyards Symposium

The last 5 years of drought have brought the need to better use and manage our water resources into stark focus. This comprehensive symposium will help explain wide-ranging aspects of how to best manage this precious resource. Speakers will discuss water policy, plant water use and water stress physiology, monitoring water use from the vine to vineyard scale, irrigation scheduling, and management of drought and salinity through grower practices and rootstock use. The symposium will feature 13 experts from California, the nation and the world, and is designed to update grape growers and viticulturists on the state of the art of water use and management. We look forward to seeing you there.

Symposium Organizing Committee:
Mark Battany, University of California Cooperative Extension, San Luis Obispo County
Larry Bettiga, University of California Cooperative Extension, Monterey County
Andrew McElrone, (Moderator), University of California, Davis
Andy Walker, (Chair & Moderator), University of California, Davis

7.0 CCA CEUs


Program is subject to change.
8:00 am – 8:30 am Introduction to California Water Policy, Delivery and Use
Jay Lund, University of California, Davis
8:30 am – 9:00 am Whole Plant Ecophysiological Response to Drought  – A Primer
Andrew McElrone, University of California, Davis
9:00 am – 9:30 am Berry Responses to Water Stress
Markus Keller, Washington State University, Prosser
9:30 am – 10:00 am Molecular Physiology – Omics Approaches to Water Stress
Simone Castellarin, Wine Research Center, Canada
10:00 am – 10:15 am Break
10:15 am – 10:45 am Monitoring Water Use: Technologies Compared from CIMIS and Beyond
Rick Snyder, University of California, Davis
10:45 am – 11:15 am Monitoring Water Use: Vineyard Level Case Histories from the Central Coastal
Mark Battany, University of California Cooperative Extension, San Luis Obispo County
11:15 am – 11:45 am Sensing and Monitoring Stress with Satellite Imagery
Lars Pierce, California State University, Monterey Bay
11:45 am – Noon Questions & Answers
Noon – 1:45 pm Lunch on Own
1:45 pm – 2:15pm The Use of Leaf Monitors in Precision Irrigation of Grapes
Shrini K. Upadhyaya, University of California, Davis
2:15 pm – 2:45 pm Variable Rate Drip Irrigation for Vineyards
Luis Sanchez, E & J Gallo, California
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm Irrigation Scheduling
Larry Williams, University of California, Davis
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Single Vine Precision Irrigation
David Block, University of California, Davis
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Break
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm How to Cope with Inadequate Water Amounts – When to Irrigate to Get the Greatest Impact
Mike McCarthy, South Australian Research & Development Institute, Australia
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Managing Salinity with and without Adequate Amounts of Water
Jim Ayars, United States Department of Agriculture, Fresno
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Using Rootstocks to Cope with Drought and Salinity
Mike McCarthy, South Australian Research & Development Institute, Australia
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Questions & Answers