Financial Assistance Available for Red Blotch Infected Vines

August 25th, 2015
Financial Assistance Available for Red Blotch Infected Vines

California winegrape growers with losses due to grapevine red blotch-associated virus (GRBaV), the causative agent of red blotch disease, may be eligible for financial assistance for vine replacement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Tree Assistance Program (TAP). The 2014 Farm Bill made TAP a permanent disaster program to provide financial assistance for qualifying growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters. TAP is administered by the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA). Marianne…

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Comprehensive Vineyard Water Management

August 18th, 2015
Comprehensive Vineyard Water Management

Those of us involved in agriculture are well aware of the increasing concerns about water in California. Even before the current drought, new water regulations were in the works, irrigation district water costs were increasing, and in many locations, access to ground water supplies required deeper drilling than in the past. Going forward, there is no doubt vineyard water use will require our very best management skills. Now more than…

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Visual ID of Winegrape Viruses

August 11th, 2015
Visual ID of Winegrape Viruses

Visual identification of grapevine red blotch associated virus (GRBaV) may be a useful complement to lab testing of tissue samples. While not meant to replace the results from lab tests, visual identification may prove to be a useful method for quickly and cheaply assessing whether GRBaV is present in your vineyard and which vines are infected. However, doing so requires some training. One must know the symptoms well and be able…

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Ag Irrigation in Drought: Where is the Water and Where Is It Going?

August 4th, 2015
Ag Irrigation in Drought: Where is the Water and Where Is It Going?

California’s historical climate is prone to deep and long-lasting droughts. Even in normal years, most of the precipitation occurs during the winter in the northern, eastern and coastal parts of the state, whereas most of the water demand occurs in the summer in the southern Central Valley and the largely urbanized areas on the coast. As a consequence, California has one of the most engineered water supply systems in the…

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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