BENEFICIAL INSECTS: why we love them & why you should too!

February 9th, 2018
BENEFICIAL INSECTS: why we love them & why you should too!

  From thoroughly studying the vine mealybug situation in Lodi, we’ve had the pleasure of learning a lot about beneficial insects.  They deserve so much more attention than they get, and here’s why. BENEFICIAL INSECTS: insects that help a farmer by parasitizing or preying on crop pests.   Here are five good reasons to LOVE beneficial insects in case you haven’t given them the time of day before: No. 1:  The…

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THE BASIC ELEMENTS OF SUCCESSFUL VINEYARD MANAGEMENT

January 26th, 2018
THE BASIC ELEMENTS OF SUCCESSFUL VINEYARD MANAGEMENT

    There are many ways to approach winegrape growing.  Dry farmed, irrigated, till, minimum till, no-till, conventional, sustainable, organic, and biodynamic to name a few. Yet, regardless of approach, some grape growers are more successful than others with regard to viticultural effectiveness, operational efficiency, and profitability.  What attributes make them so?  I believe there are at least four elements of successful vineyard management and they are the subjects of…

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LODI RULES GOES INTERNATIONAL

January 18th, 2018
LODI RULES GOES INTERNATIONAL

Esteemed California Sustainable Winegrowing Program LODI RULES™ Goes International Israel’s Golan Heights and Galil Mountain Wineries Achieve Historic Certification   January 18, 2018, LODI, CA – The LODI RULES™ Sustainable Winegrowing Program, created by the Lodi Winegrape Commission and third-party certified by Protected Harvest, is making its first foray into the international market. Golan Heights Winery and subsidiary Galil Mountain Winery of Israel have the first international vineyards certified sustainable…

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CLIFF OHMART retires from SureHarvest

January 11th, 2018
CLIFF OHMART retires from SureHarvest

Cliff Ohmart, original architect of LODI RULES and sustainability giant, announces his retirement by Randy Caparoso It is largely agreed, within the American winegrowing industry, that the Lodi Viticultural Area’s crowning achievement has been the establishment, in 2005, of LODI RULES for Sustainable Winegrowing. What you might not know is that LODI RULES was originally the brainchild, for the most part, of one person: Dr. Clifford P. Ohmart. Dr. Ohmart – who prefers…

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A TRIBUTE TO PAUL VERDEGAAL

January 4th, 2018
A TRIBUTE TO PAUL VERDEGAAL

Tribute to Paul Verdegaal – one of Lodi’s “men behind the curtain” by Randy Caparoso   This coming February 6, 2018, Lodi winegrowers will get together for their 66th Annual LODI GRAPE DAY. They will also mark the occasion with a celebration of the retirement of Paul Verdegaal, who has been working full-time as San Joaquin County’s viticulture, bush berry and almond Farm Advisor under the auspices of UCCE (University of California Cooperative Extension) since…

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FROST, COVER CROPS & ICE NUCLEATING BACTERIA

December 21st, 2017
FROST, COVER CROPS & ICE NUCLEATING BACTERIA

Plant microbiomes are a topic of microbiology research that is rapidly growing with numerous new discoveries. Like humans, plants are covered with microbes that serve many functions from assisting with absorbing nutrients, protecting plants from pathogens, and other activities. We really don’t completely understand how these microbe and plant relationships work. Some we understand quite well, such as the relationship between Rhizobia and legumes. The bacteria live in the roots…

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MANAGING MECHANIZED VINEYARD EQUIPMENT FOR EFFICIENCY

December 15th, 2017
MANAGING MECHANIZED VINEYARD EQUIPMENT FOR EFFICIENCY

For several decades, the number of mechanized operations in winegrape vineyards has steadily increased. The main driver for mechanization has been the need for increased operational efficiency. Simply mechanizing an activity, however, does not ensure optimum efficiency. Rather, it requires careful decisions and actions designed to meet that goal. As a first step, a vineyard manager needs to determine if mechanized equipment ownership makes financial sense. While even small vineyard…

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GREEN MEDAL AWARDS for SUSTAINABILITY NOW OPEN!

December 8th, 2017
GREEN MEDAL AWARDS for SUSTAINABILITY NOW OPEN!

Fourth Annual California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards California vineyards and wineries are encouraged to apply for the 2018 California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards. Applications are being accepted now through February 9th, 2018 at greenmedal.org. The California Green Medal is presented by California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, California Association of Winegrape Growers, Wine Institute, Lodi Winegrape Commission, Napa Valley Vintners, Sonoma County Winegrowers and The Vineyard Team. A…

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PRE-PRUNERS, ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL

December 1st, 2017
PRE-PRUNERS, ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL

  One of the most challenging operations in Lodi vineyards is to pre-prune.  It can be difficult to choose pre-pruning equipment since Lodi growers are using multiple different trellis systems (and sometimes  also odd configurations within those trellis systems).  There are two ways to break down and get to the proper pre-pruning unit needed for your vineyard operation.  The first way would be to determine the style or type of…

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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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Event Calendar
  1. MECHANIZED PRUNING TAILGATE TALK

    February 26 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
  2. REC COMM. MEETING

    March 2 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm