Considerations for Dry Farming Wine Grapes

January 26th, 2015
Considerations for Dry Farming Wine Grapes

Some wine grape growers prefer to dry farm wine grapes, while others have no choice because either they have no water for irrigation or no means to apply water during the growing season. Of course, dry farming is as old as grapevine cultivation and it remains a hallmark of old world viticulture. However, unlike many parts of Europe, almost all California wine growing areas experience drought during the summer, making…

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Charlie Starr – Nutrient Management Profile

January 19th, 2015
Charlie Starr – Nutrient Management Profile

Nutrient Management planning Charlie Starr grew up around vineyards; today, together with his father and father-in-law, the family oversees around 100 acres of vines in Acampo, California. Since the 1960s, the families have been expanding vineyard acreage, with the oldest Zinfandel dating back to the 1960s and the youngest vines planted in 2005. The majority of their vines are Zinfandel, with about 10% Syrah. They currently sell their fruit to…

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Water Management – Part III

January 12th, 2015
Water Management – Part III

Introduction Thank you for reading Part III of this three-part series on water management.  In Part I we discussed the importance of having a written water management plan, the advantages of Regulated Deficit Irrigation (RDI), monitoring water quality and soil water-holding capacity, and vine water status as a measure of water stress. In Part II we focused on irrigation scheduling, pump energy efficiency, and distribution uniformity. This Coffee Shop article is an expert…

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Water Management — Part II

January 5th, 2015
Water Management — Part II

Introduction Thank you for reading Part II of this three-part series on water management.  In Part I we discussed the importance of having a written water management plan, the advantages of Regulated Deficit Irrigation (RDI), monitoring water quality and soil water-holding capacity, and vine water status as a measure of water stress.  In this second part in the series, we focus on irrigation (Sections 5.6 to 5.11 of the Lodi…

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