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Patricia Skinkis

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Dr. Patty Skinkis is Professor and Viticulture Extension Specialist at Oregon State University where she conducts applied research and provides outreach and education programs for the commerical winegrape industry in Oregon. She has a PhD in Horticulture (Viticulture) from Purdue University and a BS in Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Her research program focuses on whole plant physiology studies that are designed to understand the causes and management of vine vigor, physiology of vine balance, and the impacts on fruit composition and wine quality. Her research also includes work on bud fruitfulness, yield management, fine-tuning canopy management methods, sustainable viticulture production, and understanding production factors that drive industry adoption and implementation of various practices. As Extension Specialist, Patty develops educational programs and informational publications for the Oregon industry statewide. Some of her outreach efforts include bringing industry members together in technical groups to allow information exchange between university and industry on new research results and innovations. Her efforts in outreach expand beyond that of Oregon, as she is involved in national Extension efforts through eXtension and the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV), where she is president for 2020-2021.

She is a core faculty member of the Oregon Wine Research Institute at Oregon State University.

Content by Patricia Skinkis

How to Scout for Grape Phylloxera in Vineyards

This video provides the basic steps in searching for phylloxera in an infested vineyard.

Patricia Skinkis, Michelle Moyer, Gwen Hoheisel, TJ Mullinax | Nov 2020 | Video

How to Assess whether Grapes and Wines are affected by Wildfire Smoke Exposure

This article describes how to evaluate grape berries and wine for smoke aromas imparted by wildfire smoke exposure.

James Osborne, Patricia Skinkis, Elizabeth Tomasino | Sep 2020 | Article

Patricia Skinkis, Viticulturist

Patty Skinkis is a viticulture Extension Specialist and a core researcher with the Oregon Wine Research Institute, based at Oregon State University. Her research focuses on how yield affects quality. It starts in the lab, with ...

Patricia Skinkis | Apr 2018 | Video

Finding your career path into the wine grape industry

This fact sheet outlines the educational/training programs available in Oregon for those interested in a career in the wine industry.

Patricia Skinkis | Sep 2018 | Article

How to cane prune grapevines

This video provides instructions on how to cane prune a grapevine.

Patricia Skinkis | Dec 2019 | Video

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