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Western Innovator: Machine learning aids irrigation

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Western Innovator: Machine learning aids irrigation Ahmad Hakim March 31, 2020
As a cooperative extension specialist with the University of California-Davis, Sahap Kaan Kurtural leverages artificial intelligence to enable vineyard managers to optimize irrigation without huge capital investments.

Safe Transfer of High-Proof Ethanol Using Pumps

March 27, 2020

High-proof (e.g. 70%) ethanol can be an effective sanitizing agent against the coronavirus causing COVID-19.  Spraying of small winery surfaces or equipment for sanitization with this solution is not problematic, especially in a well-ventilated area.  However, pumping high proof ethanol (for the purpose of creating sanitizing solution or sanitizing large pieces of equipment) using a normal winery pump could be hugely dangerous (explosion hazard) and should be avoided

Dr. Anita Oberholster to lead USDA-NIFA-SCRI Research and Extension Grant to Study Grapevine Red Blotch Virus Andrea Thompson January 21, 2020

A $3 Million Grant was awarded to a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the UC system (Berkeley, Davis, Riverside), ANR, USDA -ARS, as well as Oregon State University and the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center.  Research will focus on the ecobiology, impact, and management of Grapevine red blotch virus (GRBV) and its vector(s) in California and Oregon vineyards.

Student Profile: DEVO president Hannah Hanlon

January 21, 2020

Undergraduate Hannah Hanlon grew up in rural Minnesota, complaining about working for her parents as many children do. When she was ten years old, her parents opened a small family-run winery. Working summers in the vineyard and tasting room, and winters in the winery, she was determined to get out of the country and out of farming.

Recap: On-The-Road in Temecula Andrea Thompson January 16, 2020

On November 18, 2019, UC Davis V and E Extension traveled to Temecula, CA, to meet with growers and vintners in Riverside County.  To determine the most relevant topics to present, we worked closely with Carmen Gispert, the Viticulture Farm Advisor for Riverside, San Diego and San Bernardino counties. 

VEN celebrates 140th anniversary in 2020 with special Alumni Day Andrea Thompson January 10, 2020

The Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis is celebrating its 140th anniversary in 2020.  To celebrate this milestone, we are planning an all-class alumni get-together on April 24, 2020.

Be sure to save the date!  You won't want to miss this fun, informative program, the chance to see old friends, and an opportunity to expand your network.  We are planning a fun yet information-packed day.

Program highlights include:

Recap: Seminar honoring the retirement of Professor David Smart Andrea Thompson January 07, 2020

 On December 3, 2019, UC Davis V&E Extension hosted a viticulture seminar titled "Honoring the retirement of David Smart: From root biology to carbon sequestration.”  

Recap of VEN event "Fermentation readiness: harvest decisions from the vineyard to the winery"

January 03, 2020

On July 29, 2019, UC Davis V&E Extension hosted a summer program titled “Fermentation readiness: harvest decisions from the vineyard to the winery.”  We spent the day going through our harvest checklists with Lise Asimont, Director of Vineyard Operations, Cakebread Cellars, sharing how she evaluates vineyards, ensures grape quality, and determines potential harvest dates.  Our new UC Davis winemaker, Leticia Chacon-Rodriquez, and Patricia Howe, current post-doctoral fellow at UC Davis, covered harvest readiness in the winery and winery lab, respectively.