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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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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