Cover Crop Performance and Nitrous Oxide Emissions in a Lodi Vineyard

February 24th, 2015
Cover Crop Performance and Nitrous Oxide Emissions in a Lodi Vineyard

Cover crops are a critical piece of a sustainable vineyard system. Retaining plant cover in tractor rows helps reduce soil loss, limiting wind or water erosion. [1] Cover crops also influence vineyard nutrient levels [1, 2]. The inclusion of cover crops in vineyard management plans can also result in less desirable effects such as increased greenhouse gas emissions, especially if leguminous cover crops are utilized [1, 3]. Our study in…

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A Checklist to Reduce Spray Drift

February 17th, 2015
A Checklist to Reduce Spray Drift

What I learned in The New Yorker, in an article titled “The Checklist” written by Atul Gawande, and published on December 10, 2007, was that a simple and effective technique for reducing human error is the checklist. Gawande later wrote an entire book on the subject entitled The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right. For many years I have said that the single best publication that a person can read in the…

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Measuring the Effectiveness of Grape Pest Management Outreach in Lodi

February 2nd, 2015
Measuring the Effectiveness of Grape Pest Management Outreach in Lodi

The Lodi Winegrape Commission and the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) have something very important in common. We share the goal of helping communicate the best agricultural research and effective practices to farmers. In late 2014 the Commission partnered with UCCE to provide Lodi winegrowers with the most up to date scientific information about grape pest management. The Commission is hosting a series of about 14 educational meetings during 2014…

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Event Calendar
  1. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

    September 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  2. CD11 LODI PCA NETWORK BREAKFAST

    October 3 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am