Development of Virtual Weather Stations in Lodi

March 31st, 2014
Development of Virtual Weather Stations in Lodi

Devising strategies for control of powdery mildew is a major focus of winegrape growers and pathology researchers. Many growers rely on nearby weather stations (such as a CIMIS station), the powdery mildew risk index, and other site-specific historical and seasonal metrics to determine the ideal time for a fungicide or sulfur spray.  Some growers have purchased individual weather stations for their vineyards, but such an investment is thought to be…

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Sustainable Agriculture – A Historical Perspective

March 24th, 2014
Sustainable Agriculture – A Historical Perspective

This month I would like to discuss sustainable agriculture. The following comments are my own and do not represent the official policy of the Lodi Winegrape Commission. I am sharing them in order to stimulate further discussion on this topic. I believe that “sustainable agriculture” is an easy concept to define. It is simply agriculture that can continue indefinitely without depleting the resource base upon which it depends. In my…

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How Will Farmers Respond to the 2014 California Drought?

March 17th, 2014
How Will Farmers Respond to the 2014 California Drought?

For the first time in the 54-year history of the State Water Project, the Department of Water Resources forecast in late January 2014 that there would be zero water deliveries to the 25 million people and 1 million acres of farmland that typically rely on its services. It was a move that clearly demonstrated the dire nature of our current California drought, which has left many wondering how farmers in…

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Introduction to the Central Valley Farmland Trust & Agriculture Conservation Easements

March 10th, 2014
Introduction to the Central Valley Farmland Trust & Agriculture Conservation Easements

The Central Valley Farmland Trust (CVFT) is a non-profit public benefit entity (501 c(3)) engaged in the preservation of prime irrigated farmland in the Central San Joaquin Valley. We work to preserve local farmland mainly through the voluntary acquisition of agricultural conservation easements (ACE) from willing landowners. CVFT was formed in 2004 via the merger of three existing land trusts, currently operates in Merced, Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Sacramento Counties….

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Economic Benefits from Certified Leafroll-free Grapevine Stock

March 3rd, 2014
Economic Benefits from Certified Leafroll-free Grapevine Stock

Plant viruses affect many crops and cost billions of dollars annually in preventative measures and damages. In grapevines, most long-distance spread of viruses is caused by the movement of infected plants, which can be controlled effectively if clean stock is made available to growers. Several grapevine clean plant centers have been established throughout the United States. These centers provide virus testing and cleaning services, and work in partnership with the…

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