OWRI Grape Day

2015 Grape Day
Irrigation, Canopy Management, and Wine Quality 

LaSelles Stewart Center, OSU Campus, Tuesday, March 31
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Registration is $65 and lunch is included. To register, click here
Registration Deadline Extedened- Wednesday, March 25, 12 NOON

Join us on campus at Oregon State University for an event highlighting research relevant to the Oregon wine industry. This information will be presented by members of the Oregon Wine Research Institute and guest speakers from UC Davis, E&J Gallo, and WSU. This year, we are focusing on irrigation, impacts on canopy management and on wine quality.

8:30 - 9:00 AM: Registration* and Refreshments

9:00 - 9:05 AM: Introduction and Welcome

9:05 - 9:50 AM: The Productivity Challenge for Wine Grapes.
Dr. Nick Dokoozlian, Vice President of Viticulture, Chemistry, and Enology; E&J Gallo.

In the future, growers will be challenged to increase productivity with the same or less land area, water, and labor compared to the present, and competitive global markets will demand continual improvements in fruit quality, production efficiency and sustainability. In contrast to agronomic cropping systems, where genetics and advanced agronomic practices have resulted in dramatic yield improvements over the past century, comparatively modest yield improvements have been obtained for wine grapes during this period. Integrated approaches, incorporating clonal selection, germplasm improvement, advanced agronomic practices and remote sensing technologies, are needed to innovate wine grape production systems.

10:00 - 10:45 AM:  How Stressful is Dry Farming in the Willamette Valley?
Dr. Patty Skinkis, Associate Professor & Viticulture Extension Specialist; OSU
Dr. Paul Schreiner, Research Plant Physiologist; USDA-ARS  

Warm, dry growing seasons often create concern for growers in dry-farmed vineyards of the Willamette Valley. With no irrigation system in place or limited water resources available, growers in this region question whether vines experience enough water stress to impact vine growth, productivity, and fruit quality. Drs. Schreiner and Skinkis will share more than ten years of water status and vine productivity data collected from various viticulture research projects conducted in the Willamette Valley to address these questions.

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM - Interactive Poster Session 

This session will provide you the opportunity to interact one-on-one with scientists and students conducting research at the OWRI. These posters will feature research findings that are in-progress for various research projects being conducted across a wide array of topics within viticulture and enology, including physiology, pathology, entomology, education, and more.

11:45 – 12:30 PM:  Irrigation of Grapevines. When and How Much?
Dr. Troy Peters, Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist; WSU

Proper irrigation of grapevines can be a challenge. Dr. Peters will discuss the different strategies for irrigating grapes and the plusses and minuses of each as well as methods of determining when to irrigate, how much water to apply, and the relative advantages and disadvantages of the different varieties of soil moisture sensors.

12:30 - 1:00 PM: Lunch 

1:00 - 1:45 PM:  Is cluster thinning a vital practice to increase fruit and wine quality of Pinot noir?
Dr. Patty Skinkis, Associate Professor & Viticulture Extension Specialist; OSU
Dr. Elizabeth Tomasino, Assistant Professor; OSU

Patty Skinkis and Elizabeth Tomasino will present the first vine to wine results of the Statewide Crop Load Project, a collaborative research project featuring industry collaboration from the vineyard to winery. The presentation will include summaries of the first two seasons and provide information that will challenge traditional thinking with respect to the yield-quality relationship.

2:00 - 2:30 PM: Break/Poster Session 

2:30 - 3:15 PM: Grapevine Tolerance to and Recovery from Drought: can Insights from the Insides of Vines be Used to Tailor Precision Irrigation?
Dr. Andrew McElrone, Assistant Adjunct Professor; UC Davis & Research Plant Physiologist; USDA-ARS

In times of drought, growers rely on tools that help them understand how grapevines respond to drought stress.  Insights into vine water uptake and transport physiology will be summarized from work using micro-computed tomography (i.e. a type of CAT scan), neutron radiography, gene expression, microscopy, and hydraulic measurements.

**Registration must be completed in advance. On-site registration is to obtain your conference proceedings, name tag, and enjoy beverages before the beginning of the event.

For more information, contact Danielle Gabriel, Communications and Outreach Manager at danielle.gabriel@oregonstate.edu  

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 8:30am - 4:00pm
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