September 24th, 2013
I want to share with Lodi growers and local PCAs this new UC Cooperative Extension library of video interviews with IPM scientists, educators, and practitioners. I hope you find this resource interesting and useful. The Integrated Pest Management approach has done much to improve how we control pests in a way that balances environmental and economic considerations. As many of you know, Lodi growers have a long history of successful…
September 19th, 2013
Most vineyards in California are likely infected with trunk diseases (wood-canker). The main diseases are Botryosphaeria dieback, Esca, Eutypa dieback, and Phomopsis dieback. The infections are chronic and accumulate over time. Infected vines become less profitable with each additional infection, to the point at which the entire vineyard must be replanted. In this way, trunk diseases significantly limit vineyard longevity. Follow this guide to identify trunk diseases in your vineyard….
September 9th, 2013
As our county’s University of California Cooperative Extension viticulture Farm Advisor, Paul Verdegaal is among the most trusted people in Lodi when it comes to advice about vineyard management. In fact, my Ph.D. research found Paul to be the most connected individual in Lodi’s network of advice sharing among growers and outreach professionals (Hoffman 2011). Giving sound advice is, after all, Paul’s job, and one he does well. Paul exemplifies…