Irrigation BMPs: Creating a Culture of Water Conservation (DWR)

DU Test in Vineyard

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GOAL

To increase the adoption of irrigation Best Management Practices (BMPs) by winegrape growers resulting in irrigation water conservation.

METHOD

1.    Vineyard Team performs a free irrigation system distribution uniformity evaluation for the grower.
2.    A report is written identifying areas that negatively impact irrigation system efficiency.
3.    Vineyard Team staff meet with the grower to discuss the report and collect additional information about irrigation scheduling and maintenance.
4.    BMPs with the greatest potential to improve irrigation water use efficiency are identified and discussed.
5.    Vineyard Team staff follow up every two to three months with some of the growers in the project to see what they are thinking about or doing in regards to the most beneficial irrigation BMPs identified in the report and the meeting.
6.    Vineyard Team staff provide technical assistance regarding the implementation of irrigation system BMPs to the grower as needed.

BENEFITS TO THE GROWER

1.    Free irrigation system distribution uniformity evaluation
2.    Irrigation BMPs recommended based on the particular situation
3.    Free technical assistance regarding irrigation BMPs for two years

Irrigation is just one of many things on a grower’s mind on any given day. This project investigates how growers make decisions about adopting agricultural water BMPs given the competition of other management areas for the same scarce resources.


Enroll now in the project for a FREE Distribution Uniformity (DU) Evaluation on one irrigation set in your vineyard and personalized technical assistance. 
 

SIGN UP FOR THE PROJECT HERE and WE'LL SCHEDULE YOUR FREE DU!

OR
To learn more contact Craig Macmillan, Ph.D. at
(805) 466-2288 ext.17 or craig@vineyardteam.org
 

FAQs

What is the purpose of the project?

To help growers conserve irrigation water in vineyards and to better understand how growers think about and make decisions about irrigation. 

What size block can I have evaluated?

That depends. One irrigation set is evaluated. This may include several blocks, or it may consist of a single block. It's best to contact us to see if it will work for the project.

How long does the initial meeting take?

About 90 minutes.

Will I get a copy of the report?

Yes, you will receive both a hard copy and digital copy of the report.

I already know how to interpret a DU report. Can I have the DU report without meeting?

No. The information we need to collect for the project comes from the time we spend with you one-on-one.

How many follow-up phone calls will there be and how long will they last?

Some growers will be called every two to three months. The calls last five to fifteen minutes depending on what there is to talk about. Other growers will be called one year after the DU evaluation just to remind them they are still in the project. All growers will be called and asked to meet again at the end of the project (two years).

Besides DU tests, what else is involved with this project?

Vineyard Team will organize and distribute a number of educational tools (tailgates, fact sheets, articles, podcasts) related to irrigation management.

Additional Resources

 

  • Aerial Imagery: What Type is Right for You?
    Aug 9, 2018 | Stephanie Bolton and Craig Macmillan | LWC-VT Aerial Imagery Workshop
    The Lodi Winegrape Commission and Vineyard Team invited vendors with different technologies to a workshop for show-and-tell.
  • Agenda and Hand-out from Aerial Imagery Workshop- August 2018
    Aug 9, 2018 | Stephanie Bolton | LWC-VT Aerial Imagery Workshop
    Glossary of terms and some useful information about aerial imaging.
  • Agricultural Remote Sensing Basics
    Aug 9, 2018 | North Dakota State University
  • Viticultural Mapping by UAVs, Part 2
    Aug 9, 2018 | Andrew G. Reynolds et al. | Wines & Vines
    Second in a two-part series on using aerial maps generated from images captured by a UAV for viticultural decision-making.
  • Viticultural Mappnig by UAVs, Part 1
    Aug 9, 2018 | Andrew G. Reynolds et al. | Wines & Vines
    First in a two-part series on using aerial maps generated from images captured by a UAV for viticultural decision-making.
  • Top Ten Podcasts
    Jul 20, 2018 | Sustainable Winegrowing Podcast
    Check out some favorite episodes Here are ten episodes of the Sustainable Winegrowing podcast you don’t want to miss.
  • Ecological Considerations of Vineyard Development
    Apr 9, 2018 | Dan Rodrigues | 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo
    Dan Rodrigues, Owner/Viticulturist of Vina Quest LLC talks about ways to reduce the environmental impacts of developing a vineyard and preventing future pest problems through careful planning and paying attention to the unique topography and ecosystems of individual parcels of land.
  • Q&A-Ecological Considerations of Vineyard Development
    Apr 9, 2018 | Dan Rodrigues | 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo
    Dan Rodrigues, Owner/Viticulturist of Vina Quest LLC, takes questions about ways to reduce the environmental impacts of developing a vineyard and preventing future pest problems through careful planning and paying attention to the unique topography and ecosystems of individual parcels of land.
  • Slides for Ecological Considerations of Vineyard Development
    Apr 9, 2018 | Dan Rodrigues | 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo
    Dan Rodrigues, Owner/Viticulturist of Vina Quest LLC talks about ways to reduce the environmental impacts of developing a vineyard and preventing future pest problems through careful planning and paying attention to the unique topography and ecosystems of individual parcels of land.
  • Regulatory Agency Permitting and Ecological Considerations for Vineyard Operations
    Mar 27, 2018 | Brian Dugas | 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo
    Principal Biologist, Terra Verde Environmental Consulting talks about regulatory agency reviews, permit requirements, road/culvert designs, permitting strategies, and ecological considerations for vineyard development and management at the 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo.
  • 32: Conserving Irrigation Water
    Mar 15, 2018
    Irrigation is just one of many things on a grower’s mind on any given day. To help growers conserve irrigation water in vineyards, Vineyard Team has launched a project to investigate how growers make decisions to adopt agricultural water BMPs.
  • Introduction to Conservation Planning
    Feb 26, 2018 | Margy Lindquist | 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo
    Slides from Margy Lindquist's talk about the importance of conservation planning as part of vineyard development at the 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo.
  • Upper Salinas Las Tablas Resource Conservation District
    Feb 26, 2018 | Andrew Johnson | 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo
    Slides from Project Manager Andrew Johnson's talk about how the Upper Salinas-Las Tablas RCD and Resource Conservation Districts can help growers protect and improve their land during vineyard development.
  • Guideline for Pesticide (Hazardous Waste) Disposal
    Jan 11, 2018 | San Luis Obispo County Agriculture Department
    Contacts, definitions, and processes for disposing of pesticides (hazardous waste in San Luis Obispo County.
  • 25: Under-Vine Cover Crops
    Dec 7, 2017
    Dr. Justine Vanden Heuvel, Associate Professor of Viticulture at Cornell University, explains how growing cover crops in the vine row can devigorate vines and protect water quality.
  • Liquid Fertilizer Calculations
    Dec 4, 2017 | Craig Macmillan, PhD
    Calculating how much fertilizer to apply or was applied is easy using these simple steps.
  • Liquid Fertilizer Rate/Application Worksheet
    Dec 4, 2017 | Craig Macmillan, PhD
    Use this helpful spreadsheet to calculate how much liquid fertilizer to apply or was applied.
  • 24: Measuring Water and Nitrogen Use
    Nov 16, 2017
    Paul Crout, Vineyard Manager and Viticulturist at Vineyard Professional Services explains why keeping records of water and Nitrogen use in the vineyard is important and how to use that information to best manage your crop.
  • 21: Investing in Sustainable Ag Research
    Oct 5, 2017
    Stacie Clary, Communications Manager for Western SARE discusses the program and some of its many successes from funding grower-lead projects to find sustainable solutions to agricultural problems.
  • Floor Management for Soil Health
    Sep 5, 2017 | Craig Macmillan, Ph.D. | Technical article
    A fact sheet about cover crops and tillage.
  • Irrigation Consumer Bill of Rights
    Sep 5, 2017 | ITRC | Publication
    A list of questions you should discuss with your irrigation dealer before purchasing an irrigation system. This will help you make better decisions about system design options. You will also understand the obligations of both yourself and the dealer when designing your irrigation system.
  • The Vineyard Team Growers' Report, July 2017
    Jul 26, 2017 | Craig Macmillan, PhD
    The crop looks good and canopy growth is strong.
  • What is Sustainable Agriculture?
    Jul 10, 2017
    Sustainability rests on the principle that we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
  • High Tech Tools in the Vineyard Episode 13
    Jun 1, 2017
    Doug Beck, Science Advisor for Monterey Pacific Inc., talks about the different types of technology used in the vineyard.
  • Conservation Plan Template
    Mar 28, 2017
    A template for creating your own plan to better manage the natural resources in and around your vineyard.
  • Assessing and Managing Salinity in Grapes
    Feb 27, 2017 | Michael Cahn | Managing Salinity Tailgate
    These slides explain the terminology used in lab reports regarding soil and water salinity issues and include equations for calculating leach requirements and leaching fractions.
  • Drip Irrigation System Startup: Recommended Procedures
    Feb 6, 2017 | Craig Macmillan, PhD
    To make sure your drip irrigation system is going to operate as your expect it to, follow these steps before the irrigation season arrives.
  • ILRP & Statewide Permit for Industrial Stormwater Discharges
    Nov 15, 2016 | Laurel Warddrip
    Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program and Statewide Permit for Industrial Storm Water Discharges
  • SGMA
    Nov 15, 2016 | Erik Ekdahl
    State implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)
  • Cover Crop Species Experiment Fact Sheet
    Oct 26, 2016 | Craig Macmillan
  • Cover Crop Termination Experiment Fact Sheet
    Oct 26, 2016 | Craig Macmillan
  • Resource Conservation District (RCD) Services
    Aug 23, 2016 | Vineyard Team
  • Cover Crops to Reduce Water Use
    Aug 16, 2016 | Craig Macmillan, Ph.D.
    Do cover crops deplete soil moisture enough during the winter and spring months to increase the amount of irrigation water required during the growing season? These two experiments suggest that the species of cover crop and when and how it is terminated do not have this effect.
  • Summary of Grape Irrigation Points
    May 1, 2012 | Dr. Charles Burt | ITRC Cal Poly