Soils & Nutrients

  • Top 5 Soil Health Resources
    May 17, 2018 | Craig Macmillan, Ph.D. | Vineyard Team Library
    Some resources we hope you will find useful on the topic of soil health including things you can do yourself with only simple tools. Resources include a podcast, slides, a worksheet, and more.
  • Are Haney Tests Meaningful?
    May 15, 2018 | Dan M. Sullivan and David Granatstein | Nutrient Digest
    Describes and explains the “Haney Tests,” an increasingly popular way of quantifying soil health.
  • Soil Health Field Assessment Worksheet
    May 15, 2018 | Natural Resource Conservation Service | Worksheet
    A simple method for judging the health of your soils with only simple tools and no lab analysis.
  • 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.
  • 31: Triple Certification at Ampelos Cellars
    Mar 1, 2018
    Peter Work - Owner, Winemaker, and Vineyard Manager of Ampelos Cellars - recounts how becoming a certified organic vineyard led to becoming Demeter® biodynamic certified and eventually Sip Certified®.
  • 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.
  • 28: Understanding Soil Health
    Jan 18, 2018
    This podcast is an excerpt from the talk Dr. Charlotte Decock delivered at the 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo on understanding soil health - what soil health is, how to increase it, and how to measure it.
  • Understanding Soil Health- Slides
    Jan 17, 2018 | Charlotte Decock, Ph.D. | 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo
    Slides that accompany the Understanding Soil Health podcast.
  • 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.
  • 23: The SmartFarm Project
    Nov 2, 2017
    Chandra Krintz, Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science, University of California Santa Barbara explains how scientists and engineers are working on a computer system that will help farmers make better decisions using data analytics.
  • SIP Certified Chapter 11 Standards
    Oct 20, 2017
    Year end water and Nitrogen use reports.
  • 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.
  • 19: Healthy Soils Program
    Sep 7, 2017
    The California Department of Food and Agriculture funds implementation, research, and demonstration of farming practices that capture and reduce greenhouse gasses through the Healthy Soils Program.
  • Floor Management for Soil Health
    Sep 5, 2017 | Craig Macmillan, Ph.D. | Technical article
    A fact sheet about cover crops and tillage.
  • 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.
  • Cover Crop Species Experiment Fact Sheet
    Oct 26, 2016 | Craig Macmillan
  • Cover Crop Termination Experiment Fact Sheet
    Oct 26, 2016 | Craig Macmillan
  • The Importance of Post-Harvest Irrigation and Fertilization
    Sep 13, 2016 | Craig Macmillan, PhD
    The period after harvest but before leaf fall is one of the best times of the season for the uptake of Nitrogen and Potassium.
  • 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.
  • Winter Practices Tailgate Synopsis
    Jan 12, 2016 | Craig Macmillan
  • Compost Nitrogen Rate Calculator
    Mar 22, 2014 | Fritz Westover & Will Bakx
  • Sprayer Calibration
    Jun 1, 2010 | Landers, Andrew | Wines and Vines
  • The Benefits of Cover Cropping
    Jul 1, 2006 | Malone, Julian | Wine Business Monthly
  • Clean Water Project Fast Facts
    May 1, 2005 | Clean Water Project, CCVT
  • Clean Water Project Technical Sheet
    May 1, 2005 | Clean Water Project, CCVT
  • Cover Cropping Systems for Organically Farmed Vineyards
    Oct 1, 2004 | McGourty, Glenn | Practical Winery and Vineyard