Global Market Update from the Ciatti Company

April 28th, 2014
Global Market Update from the Ciatti Company

As 2013 comes to a close, most will remember the year of large crops across the globe and the market that began to shift back to the favor of the buyer. The Southern Hemisphere produced record crops in several markets, and with the exception of France, growers in the Northern Hemisphere experienced bountiful harvests as well. Buyers returned to the market in full force, taking advantage of pricing that had…

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Lodi Soils Roadshow: A Photo Essay

April 21st, 2014
Lodi Soils Roadshow: A Photo Essay

The Soil Roadshow, held on April 14, took 30 local winegrowers on a tour of three different yet common soil types found within the Lodi region: San Joaquin, Tokay, and Corning/Redding. UCCE soil scientist Toby O’Geene and UCCE farm advisor Paul Verdegaal, along with local viticulturist and Coffee Shop contributor Stan Grant, shared their knowledge about these soils. Winegrapes are grown extensively in each of these soils and growers must manage their vineyards to…

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How to Learn Spanish

April 14th, 2014
How to Learn Spanish

Many grape growers would like to learn to speak Spanish in order to communicate more effectively with farmworkers who are more comfortable communicating in that language.  However, the task of learning a foreign language just seems to be too difficult.  This conclusion is often arrived at after several years of studying a foreign language in high school or college without good results. Because I have studied 8 different languages over…

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Soil Moisture Monitoring

April 8th, 2014
Soil Moisture Monitoring

Here are the basic facts of water in vineyards. Water resides in the soil, the atmosphere, and the grapevines. The water in these vineyard elements is interconnected and forms a continuum. In California, after the last spring rain, water moves mostly from the soil to the atmosphere, either directly through evaporation or indirectly through the vines as they transpire. The following is another fact. Efficient and low risk water management…

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