Project Participants

“We are a group of viticulturists, engineers, scientists, economists, extension educators, and industry representatives working together to bring to the grape industry the latest in modeling, sensing, and management technologies.” – Steve Nuske

Project Director

Terry Bates, Ph.D.

Terry Bates is a senior research associate with Cornell University’s Department of Horticulture and the Director of the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory. His graduate studies were conducted at the Pennsylvania State University with a M.S in Horticulture (1994) and a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology (1998) where his research focused on root biology and plant mineral nutrition. Terry has been with Cornell since 1998 and his research with Concord and Niagara grapevines addresses two main topics: vine health and productivity and vineyard production efficiency. Current projects investigate ripening profiles of Concord vineyards throughout the Lake Erie grape belt and using mobile sensor technology for spatial canopy and crop management.

6592 West Main Road
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Precision Vineyard Sensing

George Kantor, Ph.D.

George Kantor is a senior systems scientist at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.  He is leading the CMU team in charge of precision sensing on the Efficient Vineyard project.  As a team they are addressing the problem of intelligent sensing and manipulation in grape environments. George has been working in applying robots and robotics technology in agriculture for about 15 years.  Several of the crops he has been working in include ornamentals, flowers grown in greenhouses, bushes and shrubs grown in container nurseries, apple orchards, vineyards, and row crops.

An example of George’s work over the past 15 years is that he has been involved in developing sensor networks which measure different parameters to monitor environments around plants.  This information can be used to automatically come up with intelligent management programs to ensure optimal growing conditions, for example irrigation.

Going forward George is interested in starting to use the information from the sensors to inform management decisions that can be automated and more effective.  He is looking forward to getting better measurements by possibly touching or manipulating the plants with the sensing equipment, this will allow better management decisions.


Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Spatial Data Technology

James Taylor, Ph.D.

James Taylor is the academic lead for the Spatial Data Processing and Decision Support System work package.

James studied a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at The University of Sydney and then completed a PhD in Precision Viticulture in 2004. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Precision Farming at Newcastle University (UK) and leads the Integrated Agricultural Production Research Group within the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. James’ expertise is in spatial agricultural data analysis and interpretation. He has undertaken research projects in various systems including cereal systems in the UK, China and Australia, potatoes in the UK, apple orchards in Italy, kiwifruit in New Zealand. In addition, James has held precision viticulture research positions in both the France and the USA. In all cases, James’ research is strongly aligned with end-user requirements and ensuring that Agri-tech is accessible and informative to agronomists and producers.

James will supervisor two PhD candidates working to support the spatial data processing and delivery requirements of the project and to provide innovative data and information service solutions to the USA viticulture industry.

French National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture


Differential Vineyard Management

Terry Bates, Ph.D.

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Economic Evaluation and Assessment

Julian Alston, Ph.D.

Julian M. Alston is a distinguished professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics of the University of California, Davis, where he leads a program of research on the causes and consequences of government policy affecting agriculture and food, emphasizing (1) science and technology policy and the economics of agricultural innovation, and (2) food and nutrition policy and the global challenges of poverty, malnutrition, and obesity. He has published over 200 books, research articles, and book chapters on these subjects, has received many professional honors and awards for this work, and is one of the most highly cited authors in the field of agricultural economics. At UC Davis, Julian also serves as director of the Robert Mondavi Institute Center for Wine Economics, and leads a variety of projects on economics of viticulture, wine production and consumption, and related policies. Much of this work has entailed modeling and measuring the value of improved traits of grapevines. In the SCRI Precision Viticulture project Julian is leading the economic assessment and evaluation aspects, focusing on particular technologies to be developed by other members of the project and their economic consequences, both at the individual vineyard level and economy-wide.
2101 Social Science and Humanities Building
University of California, Davis

1 Shields Avenue
University of California
Davis, CA 95616 U.S.A.
 (530) 752-3283
  (530) 752-5614

Technology Adoption and Outreach

Tim Weigle

Timothy H. Weigle is a Senior Extension Associate with the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University where he provides statewide and regional leadership for planning, conducting, and evaluating a comprehensive extension and applied research program in Integrated Pest Management in the commercial grape and hops industries. Since joining the NYS IPM Program in 1989 Tim has looked at combining traditional and alternative information transfer techniques to ensure growers access to research based information no matter their learning preference.


Tim was instrumental in the development of the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program website, where he is team leader, to allow for the rapid dissemination of information across a growing region that stretches from the Pennsylvania/Ohio border to the shores of Lake Ontario in New York. His development of weekly small group Coffee Pot meetings, held at grower venues throughout the growing season, allows the extension team and growers to learn about, discuss, and address, what is currently happening in vineyards across the Lake Erie Grape Belt. Tim is co-editor of the New York and Pennsylvania Pest Management Guidelines for Grapes, Organic Production and IPM Guide for Grapes and is editor for the Cornell Integrated Hops Production Guide. Tim is the lead for Adopt on and Outreach portion of the SCRI Efficient Vineyards project, working with project researchers and extension personnel to first establish how growers want to access information, and then developing the tools to provide them the information they need to fully implement the research developed through this project.

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Industry Scientists

Advisory Committee

Juice Grape

Mark Amidon, National Grape Cooperative, Grower & Processor

Robert Betts, Betts Farms, Grower

Craig Bardwell, National Grape Cooperative, Grower & Processor

Wine  Grape

Hal Huffsmith, Trinchero Wine Estates, Grower & Vintner

Jerry Lohr, J Lohr Vineyards and Wine, Grower & Vintner

Nick Dokoozlian, E & J Gallo Winery, Grower & Vintner

Tony Stephen, Schied Vineyards, American Vineyard Foundation, Grower & Industry Association

Dave Miller, White Pine Winery & Vineyards, Grower

Andrew Hofherr, St. James Winery, Grower

John Martini, Anthony Road Vineyards, Grower

Rock Stevens, The Vineyard at Point Breeze, Grower

Russell Smithyman, Chateau Ste Michelle, Grower & Vintner

Marshall Miller, Central Coast Wine Production

Table Grape

Andrew Zaninovich, Sunview Vineyards, Grower

John Zaninovich, Vincent B. Zaninovich, Grower

Vladimer Tudor, Tudor Ranch, Grower

Kathleen Nave, CA Table Grape Commission


Rick Stark, Sun-Maid Raisin Growers, Industry