Practical Uses of Aerial Imagery in Lodi Vineyards

May 27th, 2014
Practical Uses of Aerial Imagery in Lodi Vineyards

Using Aerial Imagery to enhance farm productivity was once out of reach, but it is now much more accessible on a timely basis for an affordable price.   When you hear phrases like Color Infrared (CIR), Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and thermal imagery it may conjure up some forensic type of scientific data analysis that only a PhD could do, however, it is very much the opposite. In today’s world,…

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Important Structures & Features of Grapevines

May 14th, 2014
Important Structures & Features of Grapevines

The Lodi Winegrape Commission and the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) are partnering to provide Lodi winegrowers with the latest information about grape pest management. This is the first of several excerpts from the third edition of the Grape Pest Management book to be published here in the Coffee Shop. In Grape Pest Management, more than 70 research scientists, cooperative extension advisors and specialists, growers, and pest…

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In the Vineyard with Paul Verdegaal

May 12th, 2014
In the Vineyard with Paul Verdegaal

The 2014 season started off with Chardonnay budbreak just slightly ahead of average about 6 days, on March 9th.  As in 2013 warm daily maximums, but below average nightly lows have allowed for a below average accumulation in Growing Degree Days (GDD).  Drought conditions have continued and intensified from last season. Fortunately significant rain events in February and early March were perfectly timed to alleviate a lot of stress on…

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A Model to Establish Economically Sustainable Cluster Thinning Practices

May 5th, 2014
A Model to Establish Economically Sustainable Cluster Thinning Practices

Vineyard management practices that improve fruit quality are only economically viable if the fruit price is high enough to offset increased costs to growers. For example, cluster thinning can help growers avoid delays in ripening and improve fruit quality, but it reduces the amount of harvestable fruit. For a grower to consider cluster thinning as a management tool, the loss in income from lower overall yields and increased labor costs…

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