Trunk Disease Survey Results (Part III of III)

November 27th, 2013
Trunk Disease Survey Results (Part III of III)

Thanks for reading Part III of this series on understanding and managing trunk disease in Lodi vineyards (also referred to as wood canker). Winegrape trunk diseases present a serious challenge to Lodi winegrape growers. These fungi come in several flavors including Botryosphaeria dieback, Esca, Eutypa dieback, and Phomopsis dieback. Many vineyards in California are likely infected by one or several trunk diseases. The economic consequences of infection are serious, as…

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How to Maximize Biological Control in Lodi Vineyards

November 20th, 2013
How to Maximize Biological Control in Lodi Vineyards

Most of the pest control that occurs in Lodi wine grape vineyards consists of biological control by natural enemies rather than by the use of pesticides. By “natural enemies” I am referring to naturally occurring parasites and predators that are carnivores and eat the herbivores, or plant-eating insects and mites, that live in the vineyards. There are dozens of plant-eating insects and mites that are so effectively controlled by natural…

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Vineyard Management Self-Evaluation

November 18th, 2013
Vineyard Management Self-Evaluation

Most of us are feeling a bit liberated now that the 2013 growing season is behind us. But before leaving 2013 to history, there may be important things to learn from it to increase the long-term profitability of your vineyard. A useful way to begin to evaluate the 2013 growing season is to make a list of things that worked well and things that didn’t work so well. Base the…

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Introducing Stan Grant – Coffee Shop Contributor

November 11th, 2013
Introducing Stan Grant – Coffee Shop Contributor

The Commission’s team of Coffee Shop contributors is rapidly growing. Today, I’ll introduce yet another addition to our team: Stan Grant. Stan, like Paul Verdegaal, Larry Whitted, and all our Coffee Shop contributors, has the training and experience to bridge the divide between science and practice. He is as comfortable talking about soil chemistry with university professors as he is talking about soil amendments with Lodi winegrape growers. Stan is…

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San Joaquin County UCCE Farm Advisors Through the Years

November 4th, 2013
San Joaquin County UCCE Farm Advisors Through the Years

As the 2013 winds down, the truck numbers becomes fewer and it’s easier to hear the geese and Sandhill cranes travel from the north. The seasons and years seem to go faster maybe from more meetings, reports, regulations and deadlines. Or possibly because the figurative road ahead is shorter than that left behind. In any case, I needed to get this first Coffee Shop article out to you since Matthew…

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