Top 5 Sustainable Winegrowing Podcasts in 2021
Sustainable Winegrowing with the Vineyard Team podcast is an on-the-go, sustainable farming educational resource, bringing you the latest in science and research in the wine industry. We go in-depth with experts on a variety of topics related to sustainable winegrowing, including integrated pest management, fruit quality, water conservation, and nutrient management. Our podcasts will help you make smarter, sustainable vineyard management decisions to increase efficiency, conserve resources, and maximize fruit quality.
These are the Top 5 Sustainable Winegrowing Podcasts of 2021!
Steve Vierra, Director of Vineyard Operations at Derby Wine Estates and Certified Professional Soil Scientist, dives deep into how he conducts a site evaluation to develop a vineyard that is easy to farm around natural resources and the goals of the business.
Kelsey Brewer, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of California at Davis has been researching the use of sheep to graze vineyards in place of tractors. The vineyards that participated in the study experienced several benefits to their organic matter, soil nitrogen, microbial activity, filtration, and porosity.
Doug Beck, Science Officer at Monterey Pacific in Monterey California, recently conducted a four-year trial to test the impacts of biochar and compost as soil amendments on wine grape growth, water use, yield, and water quality. The trial showed improvements in nutrient efficiency and water holding capacity, and positively impacted yields.
Joan Davenport, Emerta Professor of Soil Sciences at Washington State University, talks about her research project comparing soil quality between vineyards irrigated with snowmelt (surface water) versus groundwater (water from wells). Deficit irrigation is used in winegrape production to keep berries small and enhance the flavor of wines but can lead to a buildup of salt and sodium, negatively impacting soil quality and causing root burning and other damage to root systems.
Pete Jacoby, Professor of Crops and Soil Sciences at Washington State University, is partnering with commercial growers to test sub-surface irrigation with vertically placed PVC pipes, rather than traditional buried lines that are easily clogged and damaged. This PVC method changed vine root architecture from 18 inches down to 3 feet, and showed that grape quality could be sustained with significantly lower water applications!
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