Coffee Shop

IRRIGATION DISTRIBUTION UNIFORMITY

June 21st, 2017
IRRIGATION DISTRIBUTION UNIFORMITY

Did you know that yields within a single grapevine row can vary up to 5x? One factor in this yield variation is irrigation. Poor Irrigation System Distribution Uniformity (DU) has been shown to negatively impact crop yields in numerous studies conducted over the past several decades.  By managing DU and utilizing other tools for identifying uneven application of water across a field, these yield losses can be reversed.  Performing DU…

View More

USDA NRCS EQIP Funding

June 12th, 2017
USDA NRCS EQIP Funding

The USDA‘s NRCS  Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to plan and implement conservation practices that improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related natural resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. EQIP may also help producers meet Federal, State, Tribal, and local environmental regulations. Since 2009, USDA NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) has helped California’s farmers…

View More

TO HEDGE OR NOT TO HEDGE?

June 6th, 2017
TO HEDGE OR NOT TO HEDGE?

Hedging is a summer pruning method involving the removal the distal or apical ends of shoots.  In some parts of the world hedging is called topping or tipping.  Like all pruning methods, hedging depresses vine growth vigor and capacity.   It does so by reducing the number of leaves and buds, which contain potential leaves.  Leaves, of course, function similar solar panels, converting solar energy into the chemical energy that drives…

View More

WHEN NEGOTIATION DOESN’T WORK

May 10th, 2017
WHEN NEGOTIATION DOESN’T WORK

In January the Lodi Winegrape Commission hosted a very informative and well-attended workshop on negotiation presented by Jim Olson from the Graduate School of Management at U.C. Davis.  Jim is extremely knowledgeable and his presentation was universally well received. Jim defined negotiation as “a form of decision making in which two or more parties talk with one another in an effort to resolve their opposing interests.”  He then gave us…

View More

SHOOT THINNING

May 2nd, 2017
SHOOT THINNING

If shoot thinning were a book or movie it might be entitled Pruning: The Final Chapter.  Quite simply, shoot thinning, which is the selective removal of shoots, enhances the viticultural effects of pruning and in some ways, finishes the pruning job.  Here we will explore the benefits of careful shoot thinning and how to achieve them. Shoot thinning conserves and often, improves the shoot spacing established while spur pruning cordons…

View More

PH AND WATER QUALITY EFFECT ON PESTICIDE SPRAY SOLUTION

April 23rd, 2017
PH AND WATER QUALITY EFFECT ON PESTICIDE SPRAY SOLUTION

Water is going to be the primary carrier of your agricultural chemicals. It will have the job of delivering pesticides to the plant, fungal spores or insect to achieve the goal of protecting your vines. Water quality is determined by chemical properties such as pH (measure of acidity and alkalinity) and the level of inorganic minerals present (water hardness as determined by level of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium,…

View More

ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE ON REGULATIONS

April 11th, 2017
ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE ON REGULATIONS

Every Winter grape growers in San Joaquin and other counties in California attend update meetings sponsored by their local agricultural commissioner’s office.  At those meetings they learn about the latest in state and federal pesticide regulations, worker safety requirements, nitrogen fertilizer reporting requirements and the like.  Inevitably there is grumbling as the growers chafe under the every-increasing burden of regulations. On top of that, many growers voluntarily choose to submit…

View More

FROST MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES FOR VINEYARDS

April 3rd, 2017
FROST MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES FOR VINEYARDS

The rarity of early season frosts is among the many natural assets of California that lend themselves to winegrape growing.  Still, when frosts occur the results can be economically devastating, with low revenues for the growing season due to significant yield loss (Fig 1).  In some instances, with prolonged, very cold temperatures, shoot damage and reduced yields are unavoidable.  Fortunately, temperatures during many frost events are slightly below freezing and…

View More

NRCS LOCKEFORD PLANT MATERIALS CENTER OPEN HOUSE APRIL 5

March 28th, 2017
NRCS LOCKEFORD PLANT MATERIALS CENTER OPEN HOUSE APRIL 5

The Lockeford Plant Materials Center is a 106-acre facility located in the Central Valley of California and is the only PMC within the state. There are 27 PMCs around the country, with each one serving a specific ecological and geographic area. The CAPMC addresses the resource concerns within the Mediterranean climate areas of California. We work with NRCS field offices, public agencies, universities, conservation organizations, tribes, commercial seed producers and…

View More

INTRODUCING WENDY BRANNEN

March 16th, 2017
INTRODUCING WENDY BRANNEN

Being the World’s Greatest Wine Region Doesn’t End after a Year… What an exciting time to jump into the Commission as your new Executive Director. It’s not often that one walks in the door of a new workplace and new industry as they are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the organization, the 30th anniversary of a unique region, and have just been awarded one of the industry’s highest honors. In…

View More
Event Calendar
  1. Irrigation Efficiency Field Day

    June 27 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am
  2. Lodi Rules Committee Mtg

    June 30 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm