Recommendations for Revising CDFA Regulations on Nursery Stock – Opportunity to Improve the Quality of Vines

March 30th, 2015
Recommendations for Revising CDFA Regulations on Nursery Stock – Opportunity to Improve the Quality of Vines

The California Grapevine Registration & Certification Program, administered by CDFA, aims to eliminate specific grapevine diseases such as leafroll, fanleaf, corky bark, stem-pitting and fleck that are spread from vine to vine by grafting and/or vegetative propagation. However, for many years, grape growers have been frustrated by the fact that CDFA certified grapevine nursery stock available from participating California grapevine nurseries are often found to be contaminated by these regulated…

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Ciatti Global Wine Market Update – MARCH 2015

March 24th, 2015
Ciatti Global Wine Market Update – MARCH 2015

This Coffee Shop article is an excerpt from the Ciatti Global Wine Grape Brokers’ March, 2015 Global Market Update (Volume 6 Issue 3). Here, we focus on the California and USA section of the report. See the full report for global wine market update for countries including Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, France, Germany, Italy,  South Africa, and Spain. California Market Update Today’s market is active, but nothing overly impressive. There…

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Making the Economic Case for Early Adoption of Practices to Prevent Trunk Diseases

March 16th, 2015
Making the Economic Case for Early Adoption of Practices to Prevent Trunk Diseases

All California vineyards become infected at some point by trunk diseases: Botryosphaeria dieback, Esca, Eutypa dieback, and Phomopsis dieback. The symptoms do not become obvious until years 6-8. Trunk diseases limit the productive life of infected vineyards, and can do so only a few years after the breakeven point. The preventative practices of delayed pruning, double pruning, and applications of thiophanate methyl (TopsinM) have been shown to reduce infections. However,…

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Hilgardia: A New Old Resource for Viticulture Research

March 9th, 2015
Hilgardia: A New Old Resource for Viticulture Research

Hilgardia was the primary technical publication of UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) for 70 years. The journal was established in May 1925 and succeeded the Technical Paper series which ceased with issue No. 20 (April 1925). Although production ceased in 1995, the 900-plus issues include classic research making up the cornerstones of agricultural, environmental and nutritional science. These issues are frequently still cited in scientific literature.  Many of…

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