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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CAN YOU CASH IN ON THE R&D TAX CREDIT?

September 13th, 2017
CAN YOU CASH IN ON THE R&D TAX CREDIT?

At over $12 billion annually, the research and development (R&D) tax credit is one of the largest tax incentives available to businesses. For wineries and grape growers, the potential tax savings could be significant. Yet many Northern California wineries and growers are missing out. Some businesses are just unaware of the credit’s existence, and the others that are aware may not be taking full advantage of the credit. Companies that…

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VARIETY FOCUS: CHARDONNAY

September 8th, 2017
VARIETY FOCUS: CHARDONNAY

  In the late 1980’s, as sales of varietal wines began to overtake those of blended wines, Chardonnay emerged from minor importance to displace Chenin blanc and Colombard as the major white wine variety in California.  It has since proven to be adaptable to diverse growing environments and amenable to varied wine styles. Since its emergence, Chardonnay has been a driving force in the growth of California table wine sales…

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LWC WELCOMES BOB HIGHFILL

September 1st, 2017
LWC WELCOMES BOB HIGHFILL

To adequately explain why I am so thrilled to be the Marketing and Communications Manager for the Lodi Winegrape Commission, I need to convey a little background. My love affair with Lodi began about 15 years ago as a regular visitor to tasting rooms throughout the area. In the ensuing years, my admiration deepened as the best-kept secret in the world of wine unfolded before me. Fast forward to 2014….

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LWC WELCOMES NEW BOARD

August 25th, 2017
LWC WELCOMES NEW BOARD

New Fiscal Year, New Officers and Board Members Join the Lodi Winegrape Commission It’s always an exciting time of the year when new board members join our ranks.  Yet, similar to the end of the calendar year, the end of the fiscal year is also bittersweet, with old acquaintances rolling off and new ones coming on.  Rest assured, our “old acquaintances” John Graffigna, Kevin Delu, and Bob Lauchland will not…

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SOLAR ECLIPSE: DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR GUYS IN THE VINEYARD

August 16th, 2017
SOLAR ECLIPSE: DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR GUYS IN THE VINEYARD

  Lodi, California winegrape growers have been farming responsibly for generations. An important part of farming responsibly means intentionally taking care of one’s resources. A farmer’s resources include the land, the crop, the ecosystem and watersheds, the equipment, and the people. In the LODI RULES for Sustainable Winegrowing Program, growers are committed to taking good care of their workers, many of whom are employed with the same ranch for decades. What…

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NATURAL LAWS AND VINEYARD MANAGEMENT

July 24th, 2017
NATURAL LAWS AND VINEYARD MANAGEMENT

Vineyards are populations of grapevines and associated organisms supported by air, water, and soil resources.  As such, they constitute ecosystems or perhaps more precisely, agro-ecosystems.  While vineyard ecosystems are artificial, rather than natural, they are still subject to the laws of nature.  Most of these laws are so fundamental that vineyard managers and viticulturists seldom have reason to consider them. Here we will review four natural laws relevant to wine…

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IDENTIFICATION OF NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES FROM LEAF SYMPTOMS

July 10th, 2017
IDENTIFICATION OF NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES FROM LEAF SYMPTOMS

At the end of the growing season, grape leaves are changing color. They turn from green to shades of yellow (white varietals) or red (red varietals) – see the Magnesium deficiency symptoms below (Figures 1 & 2). This is the result of the leaf senescence process: Chlorophyll is broken down, and nitrogen and other mobile nutrients are being removed from the leaf to storage tissues in the woody part of…

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SOME COMMON VITICULTURAL BAND-AIDS

July 3rd, 2017
SOME COMMON VITICULTURAL BAND-AIDS

Solving vineyard problems can be a complex and time consuming task, as is deciding how to correct them.  The most obvious remedy is sometimes taken to be the most practical while, in reality, it treats the symptoms rather than the cause of the problem.  In this article, we will consider some of these instances. Multiple Hedging Passes Hedging, which is also sometimes called topping or tipping, increases the uniformity of…

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IRRIGATION PUMP EFFICIENCY & more

June 26th, 2017
IRRIGATION PUMP EFFICIENCY & more

Not only are irrigation pump inefficiencies just plain bad for the environment, they cost the grower money!  No bueno!  Each percent of pressure wasted is equal to the additional costs paid in energy. If you waste 30%, you pay an extra 30%. Irrigation Efficiency evaluations can locate problems with your system well before you would find them out the hard way. These evaluations may also reveal some practices that could…

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Event Calendar
  1. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

    September 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  2. CD11 LODI PCA NETWORK BREAKFAST

    October 3 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am