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Project Participants

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“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.


CLEREL
6592 West Main Road
Portland, NY 14769
 716-792-2800 x207
 716-792-2805
 trb7@cornell.edu

Precision Vineyard Sensing

Stephen Nuske, Ph.D.

Stephen Nuske is a Systems Scientist at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He specializes in developing automated computer vision systems for agricultural, industrial and aerial vehicle applications. His research is on robust methods to realize efficient computer vision systems that can localize, track, detect, segment images in challenging field robotics environments. He completed his PhD in Australia at the University of Queensland and the Commonwealth Science and Industry Research Organisation. He was a PostDoc at the Robotics Institute from 2008-2010.

On this project Stephen Nuske is leading the vineyard sensing theme and a team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University to develop a high-throughput imaging system to measure vine yield and canopy characteristics.


Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave
Robotics Institute, NSH1105
Pittsburgh PA 15213
(412) 268-5901
412-268-5895
nuske@cmu.edu

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.


School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
Cockle Park Farm, Ulgham, Morpeth, UK, NE61 3EB
 +44 (0)191 208 2114
 +44 (0)191 208 6720
 james.taylor6@newcastle.ac.uk

Differential Vineyard Management

Kaan Kurtural, Ph.D.

Kaan Kurtural completed his PhD at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in Plant Biology in 2005. His PhD work explored the effects of crop load management on whole grapevine photosynthesis of wine grapes and developing spatial decision support systems on how best to convert broad acre agricultural land to production viticulture. After completing his PhD, Dr. Kurtural joined the faculty at University of Kentucky (2005-2008) as Viticulture Specialist in Cooperative Extension. His work there focused on crop load management of hybrid grapevines and its effect on primary bud cold hardiness. While at University of Kentucky, he also developed a vineyard site selection spatial decision support system where macro- and mesoclimate as well as soil properties of the lower Midwestern U.S. were modeled to aid Farm Advisors and prospective growers to assist with pre-planting decisions.

Prior to joining University of California Dr. Kurtural was appointed as the inaugural Bronco Wine Company Research Chair in Viticulture at the California State University Fresno. While there, Kurtural has done extensive research on mechanization of crop load management for optimizing grape yields and composition in the San Joaquin Valley of California. His more recent work focused on comparison of crop load management systems and differential regulated deficit irrigation on vineyards converted from traditional California sprawl trellises to other trellis and canopy-management systems in warm climates. Preliminary results suggest conversion to a single high-wire bilateral cordon mechanically pruned system can result in more efficient use of applied water with greater yields and similar berry skin phenolics. This study provided important information for California wine grape growers about how best to convert and manage canopies in light of declining resources such as labor and water. More recently he has also worked on effects of fruit zone light management and applied water amounts on plant secondary metabolites.

Kurtural will be actively involved in research under a recently awarded $6 million, four-year, national grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) to develop and demonstrate tools and technologies for precision vineyard management. Kurtural within the SCRI grant, will lead the variable-rate vineyard management portion, where wine grapes, juice grapes and table grapes are the commodities of interest.  The Efficient Vineyard Team at University of California consists of post-doctoral fellows Dr. Luca Brilliante and Dr. Johann Martinez-Luscher, Junior Specialist Mr. Andrew Beebe, as well as graduate students Cliff Yu and Christopher Chen.

595 Hilgard Lane 2136 RMI North, University of California Davis, CA 95616

 (707) 944-0126
  (530) 752-0382
 skkurtural@ucdavis.edu

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
 julian@primal.ucdavis.edu

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.


CLEREL
6592 West Main Road
Portland, NY 14769
 716-792-2800 x203
 716-792-2805
 thw4@cornell.edu

Industry Liaison

Jean-Mari Peltier

Jean-Mari Peltier is immediate past president of the National Grape and Wine Initiative,  a non-proft organization dedicated to enhancing the economic impact of U.S. grape products and improving competitiveness in a global marketplace through achievements in research.Over the past eight years, she helped shape a national research agenda for fresh, juice, raisin and wine grapes across the country.

She is especially passionate about the importance of the Efficient Vineyard SCRI project, having managed five years’ investment in the pilot project from which this emanates.  Peltier’s role is to enhance two-way communication and understanding between industry collaborators and the research project partners.

Before joining NGWI in September of 2008, Peltier was President and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives.  Prior to leading NCFC, Peltier served in the Bush administration as the Counselor for Agriculture Policy to the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

A native Californian and 2003 Alumnae of the Year from the School of Agriculture at Fresno State University, she has held a number of executive positions in the California agricultural industry, including president of the California Citrus Quality Council, executive director of the California Pear Advisory Board, president of California Pear Growers (a bargaining cooperative), and director of public and government relations for the California Grape and Tree Fruit League.


Environmental Solutions Group, LLC
1415 L Street, Suite 460
Sacramento, CA 95814
 916-443-2793
 916-443-2793
 916 443-3071
 jmpeltier@esgllc.net

Advisory Committee

Juice Grape

Mark Amidon, National Grape Cooperative, Grower & Processor


Robert Betts, Betts Farms, Grower

Craig Bardwell, National Grape Cooperative, Grower & Processor

Jean-Mari Peltier, Industry Liaison

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

Jean-Mari Peltier, Industry Liaison

Table Grape

Andrew Zaninovich, Sunview Vineyards, Grower


John Zaninovich, Vincent B. Zaninovich, Grower

Vladimer Tudor, Tudor Ranch, Grower

Kathleen Nave, CA Table Grape Commission

Jean-Mari Peltier, Industry Liaison

Raisins

Rick Stark, Sun-Maid Raisin Growers, Industry