Honoring Larry Williams: A Program Focused on Vineyard Water Management

April 18, 2019

Professor Larry Williams retired from UC Davis in June 2018 after 36 years in the Department of Viticulture and Enology.  Please join us for a special seminar, honoring Larry, focused on irrigation and water management, topics near and dear to Larry’s heart. The day will consist of presentations focused on the latest research regarding optimal vine water management, a grapevine water status technology panel, and a vineyard management panel. The day will conclude with a keynote lecture from Emeritus Professor Larry Williams.   This is a who’s who of water management and irrigation, a program not to be missed!  Please join us after the program for a wine and cheese reception in Larry’s honor.  This is the perfect opportunity to interact with Larry and all of the speakers. Click here for Registration.

8:30-9:00 - Registration and Coffee

9:00-9:15 - Welcome

9:15-9:45: Differences in Spatial Water Uptake of Mg during Drought, by Rootstocks 110R and 101-14, Revealed by Multidimensional Electrical Resistivity Tomography: Kaan Kurtural, Viticulture Extension Specialist, Dept of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis

9:45–10:00 - Developing Vine-Growth Models as Tools for Irrigation Management: Megan Bartlett, Assistant Professor, Plant Biologist, Dept of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis

10:00-10:20 – Water Footprint, Productivity, and Drought Responses of 17 Wine Grape (Vitis vinifera L.) Cultivars in the San Joaquin Valley: Alexander Levin, Assistant Professor and Viticulturist, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University, Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center

10:20- 10:30 – Break

10:30-11:00 - Flows, Fluxes, and Flightpaths: Adventures in Quantifying Grapevine and Vineyard Water Use, Andrew McElrone, Research Plant Physiologist, USDA-ARS, Adjunct Professor, Dept of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis

11:00-11:30 - Have We Found the Holy Grail of Water Management? Ken Shackel, Professor, Dept of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

11:30-12:30 LUNCH

12:30-1:30 – Technology Panel: Moderator, Matthew Fidelibus, Viticulture Extension Specialist, Dept of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis, Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center 

Using Continuous Soil Moisture Monitoring to Answer the ‘How Often and How Much to Irrigate’ Question, Mark Greenspan, Advanced Viticulture

An Actual ET-based Site-Specific Plant Water Relations Model for Generating Water Stress Forecasts and Irrigation Recommendations, Tom Shapland, Tule Technologies

Tools and Methods to Assess Vine Water Use and Vine Water Status:  State of the Art and Considerations for Irrigation Scheduling, Thibaut Scholasch, Fruition Sciences

Question/Answer Period

1:30-1:45:  Break

1:45-2:45:  Vineyard Management Panel: Moderator, Nick Dokoozlian, E&J Gallo Winery

Let’s not Forget the Basics! Daniel Bosch, Constellation Brands

Winegrape Irrigation Strategies for the North Coast of California, Francisco Araujo, Atlas Vineyard Management

Is There a Recipe for Irrigation? Mark Battany, UCCE Water Management and Biometeorology Advisor, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties

2:45- 3:45 - Keynote Lecture, Larry Williams, Professor Emeritus, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis

3:45-5:00: Wine and Cheese Reception


Register here!