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The Use Of Drones In Vineyard Biocontrol

Organized by Robert Hall Winery & UAV-IQ

Event details

Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: Robert Hall Winery, 3443 Mill Rd, Paso Robles


Speakers: Andreas Neuman (CEO, UAV-IQ), Caine Thompson (Managing director, Robert Hall Winery), Kirk Brown (Director of Grower Relations, O’Neill Vintners & Distillers)


Session 1: Biocontrol in the vineyard:


  • Which vineyard pests can be controlled by the augmentative release of natural enemies
  • What natural enemies are commercially available to wine growers
  • Experience from Robert Hall Winery: How to manage pests during the transition from conventional to organic cultivation and how this fits into their larger regenerative viticulture plan


Session 2: Release of natural enemies by drone


  • Current limitations of manual beneficial insect and mite releases
  • Opportunities and challenges of aerial biocontrol release
  • Demonstration of an aerial biocontrol application


Continuing Education credit:


– CA Dept. of Pesticide Regulation (DPR):  1.5 “Other” and 0.5 “Aerial Pest Control Equipment and Application Techniques” approved

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