BCWGC Video Library
November 17, 2022 R&D Committee Meeting
Guy Ash, Pessl Instruments - Digital or IoT Solutions for Grape Production:
Like many ag industries today, the use of Digital or IoT (Internet of Things) solutions for grape production is gaining importance for controlling management costs in a timely and economic way. Loosely speaking, digital or IoT solutions means that a variety of assets and solutions are used to monitor your vineyard in a nested approach. Using the nested approach, you avoid unnecessary trips to the vineyard, know exactly what the conditions at any given time, make timely decision about irrigation, fertilizing, pesticide application, harvesting, and more.
This presentation will explore some of the actionable tools and solutions that are currently used in the grape industry for: a) Zone specific irrigation requirements based on either soil probes or ETo methods for effective water management, b) Disease management, using varies disease models, c) Insect trapping and identification using automated traps, d) Irrigation automation using IoT controllers for values and pumps, e) Crop Cameras for viewing development, grape size and color, f) Phenological models based of GDD’s.
October 20, 2022 R&D Committee Meeting
Dr. Elizabeth M Wolkovich, UBC-WRC - How climate change reshapes terroir: Why the Okanagan may be less resilient than other regions Why the Okanagan may be less resilient than other regions Climate change is reshaping the terroir of the world's current and future winegrowing regions, with winners and losers determined in part by how growers adapt---or not. I will review my lab's models of winegrape development to show that dire predictions of the demise of winegrowing are strongly mitigated by planting varieties phenologically matched to the regional and local climate. Current estimates, however, are at coarse spatial and temporal scales, making them difficult for growers to use. Applying these global models at vineyard scales requires new approaches, and increased research on the diversity of varieties available. This is especially true in newer growing regions, which generally exploit very little of winegrapes' tremendous diversity, making the resilience of these regions potentially lower than established regions. Using the Okanagan as an example, I outline how improved phenological models with variety research at the local scale can help build resilient agricultural systems, both by guiding management each season and through critical planning for long-term shifts. More info: https://stateofwine.org/
September 15, 2022 R&D Committee Meeting
September 15, 2022 - Dr. Kerry Wilkinson, University of Adelaide - Mitigation and remediation of smoke taint (new research)
In the vineyard
• Protective sprays
• Protective coverings
In the winery
• Novel adsorbents
• Spinning cone column distillation
Monitoring smoke taint in the vineyard
• Use of remote sensors to monitor vineyard smoke exposure
August 18, 2022 R&D Committee Meeting
Cellar Safety: Preparing for Harvest, Manufacturing Safety Alliance
Routine maintenance and cleaning can be hazardous for workers who lack training in key safety areas. In this session with Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC, occupational health and safety expert Heidi Hare will show you:
• How confined spaces can be a risk and how to keep team members safe
• Best practices for cleaning and sanitizing containers and equipment
• What you need to know about WorkSafeBC’s new focus on ozone and sulphur dioxide in sterilization
• Where to go for help
July 21, 2022 R&D Committee Meeting
Vineyard Resiliency Study - Cascadia - While grape growers across the province have experienced a multi-year decline in crop yields, with its root causes not clearly understood by the industry. The BC Vineyard Resilience Project (funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and conducted by Cascadia Partners) is a mixed-methods study which aims to bridge this informational gap and inform industry resilience initiatives. Cascadia Partners will review the findings of the study, including the quantitative deep-dive enabled by vineyard-level data from the BCWGC
May 19, 2022 R&D Committee Meeting
Dr. Kevin Usher, AAFC - Summerland Research and Development - Foliar urea application to increase berry yeast assimilable nitrogen content High nitrogen content in grapevines early in grape development can result in vegetative flavours. Mid to late season foliar urea applications were used to increase N in fruit avoiding high N early season and improving YAN content for winemaking.
March 17, 2022 R&D Committee Meeting
Jason Basi, MAFF – BC Beverage Sector Framework
The BC Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (AFF) is conducting an extensive review of the Province’s beverage manufacturing sector. The purpose is to develop a detailed profile of the sector and provide recommendations on how government and industry can work collaboratively to capture market and business development opportunities for beverage production and processing through enhanced programs, collaboration, and research.
Paige Hohmann & Kim Buschert, UBC – Archiving BC’s Wine Industry
A discussion on the characteristics of wine archives, and the role of a trusted archival repository in preserving, interpreting, and ensuring access to historical records in support of research. Additionally, they will outline how UBC can contribute expertise and state of the art facilities to help discover, gather, interpret, and digitize resources, ensuring the long-term availability of BC’s wine territory memory.
Jaime Snow & Katarina Vucic, UBC-WRC – Wine Sector Co-Op Program
A presentation on opportunities to engage co-op students in your winery operations this summer.
Guiding Strategic Decision Making in R&D Investments in the BC Wine Grape Industry
Jacques Olivier Pesme, Malida Mooken, Marcela Valania and Roger Sugden (Wine Research Centre, University of British Columbia)
BCWGC is developing a research and development (R&D) roadmap to guide strategic decision making on R&D investments for the BC wine and grape industry. To enable its members to decide on the future of R&D in the BC wine industry, BCWGC asked our group to facilitate discussions about the roadmap.
The final report describes the process, outputs, and recommendations. It provides a pool of ideas for people to think about, and act upon. The ideas draw on a survey and, in particular, discussion at a series of workshops for BCWGC members and stakeholders.
Recommendations focus on funding new research and knowledge sharing, ways to share, R&D focal points, collaboration, BCWGC governance, and discussion across the industry of what is understood by “good quality”.