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Webinar: Growing Wine Grapes with Less Water

Deep Sub-Surface Micro-Irrigation (SSMI) and the Role of Emerging Sensing Tools in Growing Wine Grapes with Less Water

Thursday, October 27, 2016
@10 AM PT/1 PM ET

As water demands go up, so does the need for better irrigation management strategies. For Washington State winegrape growers, preparing for continued growth and access to water is a top priority.

Join Drs. Lav Khot and Pete Jacoby as they look at ways to increase water use efficiency in vineyards.

27 OctoberTitle:



Growing Wine Grapes with Less Water

Dr. Lav Khot and Dr. Pete Jacoby, Washington State University
Oct. 27th, 10 AM PT/1 PM ET

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During this talk, they will share methods and outcomes from an ongoing project funded by the WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant.

Here are a few questions they set out to answer:

  • Can we reduce water use without reducing yield potential and quality?
  • What is the efficacy of different SSMI treatments compared to continuous surface irrigation applied at 100% evapotranspiration demand?
  • How can remote sensing from small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) help us to better understand canopy vigor?

Guest Speakers

Lav Khot, Ph.D.


Dr. Lav Khot is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering and affiliate faculty member of the Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural System. His research and extension program at WSU focuses on “Sensing and automation technologies for site specific and precision management of production agriculture” with special emphasis towards integration of Proximal and Remote (Unmanned and Manned Aerial Systems) Sensing for data-enabled ‘Decision Support Systems and Information Delivery Technologies’ and also Precise Applications of various Production Inputs.

Pete Jacoby, Ph.D.


Dr. Pete Jacoby returned to a faculty position at WSU after serving two decades as a College Administrator in Texas, Nebraska, and Washington State. In 2014, he re-engaged in teaching, extension education, and applied research with emphasis on sub-surface micro-irrigation for high value specialty crops, including grapes, hops, and small fruit. His previous areas of research focused on studies of root system dynamics of perennial shrubs and plant eco-physiology. Although located on WSU Pullman campus, Dr. Jacoby’s field research program operates from Prosser at the WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research & Extension Center. Professor Jacoby is active in the Irrigation Association, American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers, American Society of Enology & Viticulture, and the American Society of Agronomy. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming and his B.S. from Texas A&M University.

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