NGRA-ARS Sensor Technology Workshop

NGRA-ARS Sensor Technology Workshop

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

Photo courtesy of the Efficient Vineyard project

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 wine and grape industry principals to hear from scientists about the sensors
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.

Ticket sales end 24 hours in advance; no tickets will be sold onsite.
Tickets will be non-refundable after Monday, November 4. All tickets are fully transferable with prior notice.


PCAs: 2 hours CEU credit (in “other” category) offered via the California Dept. of Pesticide Regulation

CCAs: 7.5 CEU credits offered in
precision ag (3), soil & water management (2), crop management (1.5) and integrated pest management (1)
via Certified Crop Adviser



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7:30 a.m. Coffee service available
8 a.m. Welcome Donnell Brown, NGRA President
8:05 a.m. ARS and the grape industry: Partnering to drive innovation Chavonda Jacobs-Young, USDA-ARS Administrator and Acting Chief Scientist

SESSION 1 – Introduction to Sensor Technologies

8:15 a.m. Session introduction Donnell Brown, NGRA
8:20 a.m. Proximal and in situ sensors in vineyards Andrew McElrone, USDA-ARS, Davis
8:40 a.m. Sensor technology and precision vineyard management Terry Bates, Cornell University
9 a.m. UAV sensor applications in vineyards Alfonso Torres-Rua, Utah State
9:20 a.m. UAVs: Opportunities and challenges Mac McKee, Utah State, Utah Water Research Laboratory (retired)
9:40 a.m. Use of satellites in agriculture management Forrest Melton, Cal State Monterey Bay, NASA
10 a.m. Break

SESSION 2 – Remote Sensing and Irrigation Management

10:10 a.m. Session introduction Tony Stephen, NGRA Board Chair (American Vineyard Foundation)
10:20 a.m. GRAPEX: An interdisciplinary project for developing irrigation scheduling tools Bill Kustas, USDA-ARS, Hydrology & Remote Sensing Lab (HRSL)
10:40 a.m. Monitoring canopy size and development Feng Gao, USDA-ARS, HRSL
11 a.m. Mapping daily vineyard evapotranspiration (ET) Martha Anderson, USDA-ARS, HRSL
11:20 a.m. Water balance modeling for estimating plant available water Wade Crow, USDA-ARS, HRSL
11:40 a.m. Development of an operational dashboard for irrigation scheduling Kyle Knipper, USDA-ARS, HRSL
12 p.m. Remote sensing tools for irrigation management at scale Forrest Melton, Cal State Monterey Bay, NASA
12:20 p.m. Lunch
12:50 p.m. Afternoon welcome Tim Rinehart, USDA-ARS National Program Leader-Specialty Crops
SESSION 3 – Pests and Diseases
12:55 p.m. Session introduction Julie Tarara, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
1:05 p.m. Current and future directions in insect monitoring Jana Lee, USDA-ARS
1:25 p.m. Direct detection of disease with dogs Tim Gottwald, USDA-ARS
1:45 p.m. Plume modeling and estimation: Potential applications for pest and disease Kam Leang, University of Utah
2:05 p.m. Hyperspectral sensors for disease management Kaitlin Gold, Cornell University and NASA
2:25 p.m. Postharvest sensing and instrumentation Moon S. Kim, USDA-ARS, Environmental Microbial & Food Safety Laboratory
2:45 p.m. Trapping and mapping disease resistance Walt Mahaffee, USDA-ARS
3:05 p.m. Break

SESSION 4 – Data Integration and Information Transfer

3:15 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

·         Ken Sudduth, USDA-ARS

·         Jennifer Carter, USDA-ARS

·         Nicole Kaplan, USDA-ARS

·         Brian Bailey, UC Davis

SESSION 5 – Sensors in the Real World
4 p.m. Panel discussion: Applying the tech – An industry perspective

·         Irrigation

·         Pests and diseases

·         Data integration

Moderator: Tom Smith, NGRA Vice Chair (E. & J. Gallo Winery)

·         Russ Smithyman, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

·         Chris Storm, Vino Farms

·         Tony Stephen, Scheid Family Wines

4:45 p.m. Closing remarks and takeaways Donnell Brown and Tim Rinehart
5 p.m. –
7 p.m.


The NGRA-ARS Sensor Technology Workshop is being held at Embassy Suites Sacramento. To book a room at the host hotel, click to Embassy Suites Sacramento or call (916) 326-5000. (Sorry, our room block is SOLD OUT.)

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