Sugar Accumulation Disorder (SAD)

June 29th, 2015
Sugar Accumulation Disorder (SAD)

There’s nothing like tending a nice crop of grapes all season, only to watch a portion of them shrivel and having to drop them before harvest. Berry shrivel has been a malady of some vineyards throughout the West Coast for many years. Several shrivel disorders may occur, and berries of each have a distinct appearance when examined closely (see the Hansen, 2013 reference). Sunburn occurs with insufficient leaf cover on…

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Erratic Budbreak and Variable Shoot Emergence

June 23rd, 2015
Erratic Budbreak and Variable Shoot Emergence

Erratic budbreak and variable shoot emergence was more common this year than most. At one point in some vineyards, early emerging shoots had elongating clusters and 7 or 8 unfolded leaves while late emerging shoots appeared as tiny green leaf tips between bud scales. Later, a wide range in shoot development was evident in clusters. In a few cases, the least developed clusters had only a trace of bloom while…

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Balancing a Healthy, Functional Root System During Drought

June 2nd, 2015
Balancing a Healthy, Functional Root System During Drought

Grapevine nutrition may not be on the forefront of growers concerns as bud break approaches in the vineyard. However, the drought conditions that have persisted over the past two years in areas of Texas and California will likely effect root growth dynamics, total root area, and nutrient availability in the soil. A balanced ratio of root to canopy is essential to ripening a high quality crop, regardless of expected yield….

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