Coping Strategies for a Warmer Climate: Irrigation and Canopy Management

Warming temperatures are a challenge and concern for many Oregon grape growers. Taking a proactive approach and staying current on irrigation and canopy management strategies will help vineyard managers assimilate to change. Taking a closer look at the warming climate and the long term consequences on phenology will help grape growers understand how to manipulate phenology and minimize water stress. Specific strategies on irrigation management will be shared, including how to assess soil moisture, determining soil water availability, vine water status and how canopy types affect vine water use.

Speaker Bios

Dr. Mike Trought completed his PhD in England where he studied the response of wheat seedlings to waterlogging stress.  Mike joined DSIR in Auckland in 1978 and in 1984 he moved to Marlborough as Officer in Charge of the new Research Centre, managing much of the early grape research in the developing wine industry. From 1992 to 2000 he was Senior Lecturer in Viticulture at Lincoln University.  He joined Villa Maria Wines as their Marlborough Regional Viticulturist in 2000 to 2004 before returning to a scientific career where has been Principal Scientist with Plant and Food Research at the Marlborough Wine Research Centre.
Dr. Larry Williams has been a member of the department of viticulture and enology at UC Davis since 1982 and has been in residence at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension (KARE) Center since that time. Dr. Williams’ research interests include C and N uptake and partitioning in grapevines, water relations of grapevines, and vineyard fertilization and irrigation management. Dr. Williams has conducted irrigation research in table, raisin and wine grape vineyards at locations ranging from the Coachella Valley in southern California (a desert region), through the San Joaquin Valley and the central and north coastal valleys of California.