Cold and Dry Thoughts

January 27th, 2014
Cold and Dry Thoughts

Below average cold, below average rainfall, increasing costs, more regulations and tougher competition. We seem to be experiencing our own modern day Iliad. But it could always be worse and baseball opening day is only 55 days away. Dry conditions have taken front page attention to the recent cold weather. With weather forecasts predicting only slight rainfall if any for the rest of the winter, growers are beginning to ask…

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Thoughts on Sustainable Vineyard Management

January 20th, 2014
Thoughts on Sustainable Vineyard Management

Sustainability is word bantered about freely these days. Initially, sustainability referred to the degree a farming enterprise depended on off-farm resources. This is important because all agricultural ecosystems, unlike natural ecosystems, are inherently unstable and unsustainable without applied resources from external sources (Fig. 1). This is as true for winegrapes (Vitis vinifera) as it is for other crops. Later, environmental and societal issues entered the sustainability discussion. Today, the concept…

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Economic and Market Review: Lodi’s 2013 Year and Harvest

January 13th, 2014
Economic and Market Review: Lodi’s 2013 Year and Harvest

Another year is behind us and although the 2013 growing season could not have been more perfect in terms of weather, there were plenty of frustrations to deal with.  Capacity and processing issues, winegrape crops which exceeded estimates (for the second year in a row), limited labor and jittery buyers made this past harvest a challenging one in Lodi and most areas of the state.  It’s been said that we…

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6 Ways To Improve Soil Health

January 3rd, 2014
6 Ways To Improve Soil Health

Growers can learn how to improve the health of their soils with the help of the newly revised book “Building Soil For Better Health”, written by two prominent soil scientists. The book is available for free download by clicking HERE. Managing for soil health means caring for the chemical, biological and physical quality of your land. In recent years, most growers have done a good job on the chemical issues,…

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