UCCE Temperature Profile Study
The UC Cooperative Extension is conducting detailed assessments of air temperature profiles at seven locations in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County in 2013. The temperature can differ markedly over very short differences in height above the ground throughout the day and night. Improved knowledge of these conditions can help growers determine the optimum vine training height for their region, and help avoid damage from early season frosts or mid-summer heat spells. For more background on this topic and the potential temperature risks and benefits associated with different heights above the ground, see the September 2012 Grape Notes newsletter.
This project is being funded by a grant from the American Vineyard Foundation.