“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
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
Portland, NY 14769
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
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.
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
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.
Economic Evaluation and Assessment
Julian Alston, Ph.D.
1 Shields Avenue
University of California
Davis, CA 95616 U.S.A.
Technology Adoption and Outreach
6592 West Main Road
Portland, NY 14769
Mark Amidon, National Grape Cooperative, Grower & Processor
Robert Betts, Betts Farms, Grower
Craig Bardwell, National Grape Cooperative, Grower & Processor
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
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