NGRA-ARS Sensor Technology Workshop 2019

NGRA-ARS Sensor Technology Workshop

Wednesday, November 13, 2019  |  Embassy Suites, Sacramento, CA

The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the National Grape Research Alliance (NGRA) are partnering to produce the NGRA-ARS Sensor Technology Workshop to be held this fall in Sacramento, CA. Join principals from the wine, juice, table grape and raisin sectors to hear from scientists about the sensor technologies that support grape-growing today (including the strengths and shortcomings of these offerings), what’s in the research pipeline and what advances are on the horizon. In this dynamic event, the scientists will gain valuable insight about sensor technologies, too, from a panel of early-adopters, from industry attendees and from fellow researchers, as well.
Be a part of the exploration!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Embassy Suites, 100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814
7:30 a.m. – Registration open, coffee service available
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Speaker program
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Reception

$150 – NGRA Board members
$250 – Industry and academic guests
Ticketing fees apply
All tickets include lunch and reception


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7:30 a.m. Coffee service available
8 a.m. Welcome Donnell Brown, NGRA President
8:05 a.m. Message from the Chief Chavonda Jacobs-Young, USDA-ARS, Acting Chief Scientist


SESSION 1 – Vine Status and Irrigation Management from Soil to Satellite
8:15 a.m. Session moderator’s kickoff Forrest Melton, Cal State Monterey Bay
Proximal and in situ sensors
ET, soil moisture and stress detection approaches
8:30 a.m. Leaf/Stem/Petiole sensors/Optical Method/Soil Moisture/TIR/Surface Renewal Andrew McElrone, USDA-ARS, Davis
Tractor/robotic mounted sensors
9 a.m. Canopy structure/plant condition/yield estimation Terry Bates, Cornell University
Airborne/UAV sensors and algorithms
9:20 a.m. Vine water use/stress/architecture/canopy volume Alfonso Torres-Rua, Utah State
9:40 a.m. Technological challenges using UAVs Mac McKee, Utah State
10 a.m. Break
Satellite sensors and algorithms
10:10 a.m. Biomass/LAI/phenology Feng Gao, USDA-ARS, Hydrology and Remote Sensing Lab
10:30 a.m. Water use/stress Martha Anderson, USDA-ARS, Hydrology and Remote Sensing Lab
10:50 a.m. Microwave (soil moisture) Wade Crow, USDA-ARS, Hydrology and Remote Sensing Lab
11 a.m. GRAPEX Project -Validating remote sensing algorithms Bill Kustas, USDA-ARS, Hydrology and Remote Sensing Lab
11:30 a.m. GRAPEX VRDI irrigation scheduling/ET Dashboard Kyle Knipper, USDA-ARS, Hydrology and Remote Sensing Lab
11:50 a.m. Satellite irrigation management support & open ET + Morning Wrap-Up Forrest Melton
12:10 p.m. Lunch
SESSION 2 – Pests and Diseases: Getting Beyond the Buzz
1 p.m. Session moderator’s kickoff: Grape production Julie Tarara, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
1:10 p.m. Plume sensing Kam Leang, University of Utah
1:30 p.m. Insect monitoring: Now & future Jana Lee, USDA- ARS, Corvallis
1:50 p.m. Spectral data/remote sensing Moon S Kim, USDA-ARS
2:10 p.m. Direct detection with dogs Tim Gottwald, USDA-ARS
2:30 p.m. Trapping and mapping resistance Walt Mahaffee, USDA-ARS, Corvallis
3 p.m. Break

SESSION 3 – Data Integration and Information Transfer
3:10 p.m. Panel discussion: Making sense of the sensors

  • Machine learning and AI
  • Big data and imaging
  • Dashboards and apps
  • Forecasts and models
Moderator: Mike Buser, USDA-ARS

  • Amy Tabb, USDA-ARS
  • Jennifer Carter, USDA-ARS
  • Nicole Kaplan, USDA-ARS
  • Brian Bailey, UC Davis
SESSION 4 – Sensors in the Real World
4:10 p.m. Panel discussion: Applying the tech – An industry perspective

  • Irrigation
  • Pests and diseases
  • Data integration
Moderator: Nick Dokoozlian, E. & J. Gallo Winery

  • Russ Smithyman, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
  • Chris Storm, Vino Farms
  • Tony Stephen, Scheid Family Wines
5:10 p.m. Closing remarks and takeaways Nick Dokoozlian
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Reception


A block of rooms is available at the Embassy Suites for NGRA-ARS Sensor Technology Workshop attendees. To book yours, either:

Reservations must be made by Tuesday, October 22, 2019.
Please note: A special rate is available for USDA employees with government ID. Please use this link to make your reservation.

Fun facts: Embassy Suites offers complimentary breakfast to all guests and shuttle service to Sacramento International Airport.