Barn Owl Research

April 17th, 2013
Barn Owl Research

The LWC is in its third year of successful collaboration with Mark Browning and PG&E to research and promote the use of barn owls to control rodents in Lodi vineyards. In January, the Research and Education Committee voted to fund Browning’s third year of data collection from research sites in Vino Farms vineyards. The research is comprehensive and will look at Lodi vineyards carrying capacity for barn owls, optimum nest…

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Matthew Hoffman – New Grower Program Coordinator

April 15th, 2013
Matthew Hoffman – New Grower Program Coordinator

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. In October, I was hired as the new Grower Program Coordinator and am responsible for viticulture research, grower outreach, and the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing certification program. My first five months at the LWC have been productive, and I have received much support and positive feedback from the LWC staff, Board of Commissioners, Lodi Rules Committee, and the Research, Education,…

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Mechanical Pruning Field Day

April 15th, 2013
Mechanical Pruning Field Day

Many winegrape growers, especially those with larger scale operations, are increasingly looking toward mechanical methods of canopy management as a means to achieve higher yields, streamline their production costs, and simultaneously maintain and even improve winegrape quality[1]. At this year’s Unified Wine and Grape Symposium an entire session was dedicated to the topic of mechanization. Over the past decade, many advances in mechanization have been made. Mechanization of pruning was…

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