CALL FOR GUEST BLOG POSTS!

November 21st, 2017
CALL FOR GUEST BLOG POSTS!

  Did you ever wonder how you could volunteer to write a BLOG POST for lodigrowers.com and reach a wide audience in over 30 countries?!  I bet you did! Here at the Lodi Winegrape Commission, we are EXTREMELY GRATEFUL for our talented, amazing regular guest blog contributors like Stan Grant, Larry Whitted, and Paul Verdegaal, who have been writing on here for years. We’re also VERY THANKFUL for new regular contributors…

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TOP TEN TAKE-AWAYS FROM THE SUSTAINABLE AG EXPO

November 17th, 2017
TOP TEN TAKE-AWAYS FROM THE SUSTAINABLE AG EXPO

Harvest has come to a close but meeting season is in full swing for the winegrape industry!  Several members of the Lodi winegrowing community headed south to fun and beautiful San Luis Obispo, California (SLO) for the tenth annual Sustainable Ag Expo hosted by our coastal friends the Vineyard Team.  With so many options for conferences, seminars, and workshops these days, it is hard to know which ones are worth…

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VINEYARD LONGEVITY

November 9th, 2017
VINEYARD LONGEVITY

  Vineyards are long-term investments expected to annually generate profitable yields of high quality winegrapes over many years (Fig. 1).  Unfortunately, too often this expectation is not fulfilled.  There are three common reasons for shortened profitable vineyard lives: canker disease, declining root zone function, and chronic vine growth imbalance.  In this article, we will consider these reasons and examine ways to lengthen the useful lives of vineyards.   Canker disease….

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NOW’S THE TIME: BARN OWL BOX MAINTENANCE

November 2nd, 2017
NOW’S THE TIME: BARN OWL BOX MAINTENANCE

Now is the time to clean out your barn owl nesting boxes, which depending on where you live are usually empty from Halloween until early December!  Much like teenagers, the owls don’t clean out their own nests (which they create from regurgitated pellets – gross), so you need to help out your rodent-eating friends by removing the nests and replacing them with pine, fir, or hardwood mulch (avoid cedar and…

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SOIL AMENDMENTS FOR VINEYARDS – WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

October 26th, 2017
SOIL AMENDMENTS FOR VINEYARDS – WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

  Soil amendments are materials incorporated into the soil in vineyards to improve their soils’ physical, chemical, and biological properties. The three most common amendments are gypsum, compost, and lime. In recent years, there has been increasing interest in biochar as this material is becoming more available commercially. The jury is still out on how to best use biochar to improve soils, so we are not going to deal with…

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VINEYARD BUSINESS IDENTITY AND MARKETING

October 19th, 2017
VINEYARD BUSINESS IDENTITY AND MARKETING

Every business has an identity – that is a commonly held impression of its character within its market.  For example, those of us involved in the winegrape industry hold certain perceptions about other vineyard businesses we know and wineries we deal with.  Some of them are favorable and some are otherwise. Accordingly, your vineyard operation has an identity, even if you make no effort to affect one. Since a vineyard…

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FIRE DISASTER RELIEF #CAWineStrong

October 12th, 2017
FIRE DISASTER RELIEF #CAWineStrong

Wine industry leaders have formed a support network to provide immediate assistance and long-term aid to victims of the fires ravaging Northern California and are calling on the national wine community for additional help. Organized by a group of association leaders representing the Golden State’s major winegrowing regions, support efforts include fundraising and creation of an online resource where vintners can find and offer resources, such as generators, trailers, lodging…

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PREMIUMIZATION – WHAT’S IT MEAN FOR LODI?

October 5th, 2017
PREMIUMIZATION – WHAT’S IT MEAN FOR LODI?

Premiumization.  It’s a word that prevails today when attempting to describe a main characteristic of the wine business.  You won’t find this word in the Merriam-Webster, Cambridge or Oxford Dictionaries, but according to Wiktionary on-line, it’s “The move toward more expensive premium products.”  Specifically, this word in the wine business describes the idea that consumers are demanding “better” and are willing to pay for it, or as we commonly say,…

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THE VALUE OF VITICULTURAL RESEARCH

September 27th, 2017
THE VALUE OF VITICULTURAL RESEARCH

How did California become the home of the largest new world wine industry?  While the answer is multifaceted, one factor looms large and that is viticultural research. This story begins in 1880, when the state legislature passed a law that charged the University of California to undertake viticulture and enology research and issued funds for that purpose.  Since that time, research efforts have broadened and deepened along with our understanding…

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SEPTEMBER PEST MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES

September 21st, 2017
SEPTEMBER PEST MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES

One of the newest educational activities on the calendar for the Lodi Winegrape Commission is a monthly Lodi CD11 PCA Network Breakfast Meeting that is held on the first Tuesday morning of each month.  You can find the time and location of the meetings at lodigrowers.com.  These meetings are not just for pest control advisers but also for growers, winemakers and anyone else who is interested in vineyard pest management….

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