DECEMBER 3, 2018. BY LODI WINEGRAPE COMMISSION.
Please join the Lodi Winegrape Commission on Tuesday, December 11th for a MECHANIZATION SHOWCASE! Be sure to RSVP (details below) as lunch is provided.
Lodi growers have a history of maximizing vineyard efficiency. With 100-110,000 acres of grapes and labor becoming increasingly scarce, it only makes sense to mechanize vineyard operations to the greatest extent possible. During the first of what will hopefully be an annual or bi-annual MECHANIZATION SHOWCASE, growers will learn the latest innovations from the major mechanization equipment companies. Tips on how to optimize vineyards for mechanization will be provided by growers and others leading the way. Mechanization itself is a large financial investment and we want to optimize our grower’s chances of success and profitability.
Held at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds in Burgundy Hall, the MECHANIZATION SHOWCASE will consist of brief morning talks by selected speakers on: high wire trellising tips and tricks (panel moderated by Keith Striegler of Gallo) and research updates (Paul Verdegaal – Kautz trellising trial; Matt Frank – Trinchero’s suckering methods). Then, select mechanization vendors will be invited to speak for 10 minutes about their latest innovations. We want the vendors to show us what is coming down the pipeline and how they are improving existing equipment. There will be 2 minutes for questions for each vendor.
Date: Tuesday, December 11th, 2018
Venue: Burgundy Hall, Grape Festival Grounds, 413 E Lockeford St, Lodi, CA 95240
Time: 7:45 am – 1:30 pm, lunch included
Cost: FREE, all are welcome – please RSVP as lunch is provided
Description: During the first of what will hopefully be an annual LODI VINEYARD MECHANIZATION SHOWCASE, growers will learn the latest innovations from the major mechanization equipment companies. Tips on how to optimize high wire trellising systems will be provided by growers and others leading the way. Hosted by the Lodi Winegrape Commission. Note: this is an indoor workshop with presentations; no actual mechanization equipment will be present this year but we hope to expand the event with equipment in the future.
Confirmed vendors (10 minute innovation presentations): Acampo Machine Works/Collard, Evolution Equipment/Pellenc, ERO (Viteco cane pruner)/RDO, Clemens, VMech, Spagnolo, KLIMA/ECO Trellis, New Holland, Oxbo.
High Wire Trellising panel (moderated by Keith Striegler, E. & J. Gallo): Pete Opatz (Viticulturist, Silverado Premium Partners), Matt Frank (Viticulturist, Trinchero Family Estates), Randy Kazarian (Owner, Kazarian Vineyard Development), and Kelly Brakel (Vineyard Manager, LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards)
Lodi Mechanization Research updates: Paul Verdegaal (Kautz Trellising Trial), Matt Frank (Trinchero’s mechanical and chemical suckering adventures)
Confirmed vendors (tables): Acampo Machine Works/Collard, Evolution Equipment/Pellenc, ERO (Viteco cane pruner)/RDO, Clemens, VMech/AgOtter, Spagnolo, KLIMA/Jim’s Supply Co./ECO Trellis, New Holland, Oxbo, PA Trellising, and Infaco.
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