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LODI RULES GOES INTERNATIONAL

January 18th, 2018
LODI RULES GOES INTERNATIONAL

Esteemed California Sustainable Winegrowing Program LODI RULES™ Goes International Israel’s Golan Heights and Galil Mountain Wineries Achieve Historic Certification   January 18, 2018, LODI, CA – The LODI RULES™ Sustainable Winegrowing Program, created by the Lodi Winegrape Commission and third-party certified by Protected Harvest, is making its first foray into the international market. Golan Heights Winery and subsidiary Galil Mountain Winery of Israel have the first international vineyards certified sustainable…

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CLIFF OHMART retires from SureHarvest

January 11th, 2018
CLIFF OHMART retires from SureHarvest

Cliff Ohmart, original architect of LODI RULES and sustainability giant, announces his retirement by Randy Caparoso It is largely agreed, within the American winegrowing industry, that the Lodi Viticultural Area’s crowning achievement has been the establishment, in 2005, of LODI RULES for Sustainable Winegrowing. What you might not know is that LODI RULES was originally the brainchild, for the most part, of one person: Dr. Clifford P. Ohmart. Dr. Ohmart – who prefers…

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A TRIBUTE TO PAUL VERDEGAAL

January 4th, 2018
A TRIBUTE TO PAUL VERDEGAAL

Tribute to Paul Verdegaal – one of Lodi’s “men behind the curtain” by Randy Caparoso   This coming February 6, 2018, Lodi winegrowers will get together for their 66th Annual LODI GRAPE DAY. They will also mark the occasion with a celebration of the retirement of Paul Verdegaal, who has been working full-time as San Joaquin County’s viticulture, bush berry and almond Farm Advisor under the auspices of UCCE (University of California Cooperative Extension) since…

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FROST, COVER CROPS & ICE NUCLEATING BACTERIA

December 21st, 2017
FROST, COVER CROPS & ICE NUCLEATING BACTERIA

Plant microbiomes are a topic of microbiology research that is rapidly growing with numerous new discoveries. Like humans, plants are covered with microbes that serve many functions from assisting with absorbing nutrients, protecting plants from pathogens, and other activities. We really don’t completely understand how these microbe and plant relationships work. Some we understand quite well, such as the relationship between Rhizobia and legumes. The bacteria live in the roots…

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MANAGING MECHANIZED VINEYARD EQUIPMENT FOR EFFICIENCY

December 15th, 2017
MANAGING MECHANIZED VINEYARD EQUIPMENT FOR EFFICIENCY

For several decades, the number of mechanized operations in winegrape vineyards has steadily increased. The main driver for mechanization has been the need for increased operational efficiency. Simply mechanizing an activity, however, does not ensure optimum efficiency. Rather, it requires careful decisions and actions designed to meet that goal. As a first step, a vineyard manager needs to determine if mechanized equipment ownership makes financial sense. While even small vineyard…

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GREEN MEDAL AWARDS for SUSTAINABILITY NOW OPEN!

December 8th, 2017
GREEN MEDAL AWARDS for SUSTAINABILITY NOW OPEN!

Fourth Annual California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards California vineyards and wineries are encouraged to apply for the 2018 California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards. Applications are being accepted now through February 9th, 2018 at greenmedal.org. The California Green Medal is presented by California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, California Association of Winegrape Growers, Wine Institute, Lodi Winegrape Commission, Napa Valley Vintners, Sonoma County Winegrowers and The Vineyard Team. A…

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PRE-PRUNERS, ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL

December 1st, 2017
PRE-PRUNERS, ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL

  One of the most challenging operations in Lodi vineyards is to pre-prune.  It can be difficult to choose pre-pruning equipment since Lodi growers are using multiple different trellis systems (and sometimes  also odd configurations within those trellis systems).  There are two ways to break down and get to the proper pre-pruning unit needed for your vineyard operation.  The first way would be to determine the style or type of…

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TOP TEN TAKE-AWAYS FROM THE SUSTAINABLE AG EXPO

November 17th, 2017
TOP TEN TAKE-AWAYS FROM THE SUSTAINABLE AG EXPO

Harvest has come to a close but meeting season is in full swing for the winegrape industry!  Several members of the Lodi winegrowing community headed south to fun and beautiful San Luis Obispo, California (SLO) for the tenth annual Sustainable Ag Expo hosted by our coastal friends the Vineyard Team.  With so many options for conferences, seminars, and workshops these days, it is hard to know which ones are worth…

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VINEYARD LONGEVITY

November 9th, 2017
VINEYARD LONGEVITY

  Vineyards are long-term investments expected to annually generate profitable yields of high quality winegrapes over many years (Fig. 1).  Unfortunately, too often this expectation is not fulfilled.  There are three common reasons for shortened profitable vineyard lives: canker disease, declining root zone function, and chronic vine growth imbalance.  In this article, we will consider these reasons and examine ways to lengthen the useful lives of vineyards.   Canker disease….

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NOW’S THE TIME: BARN OWL BOX MAINTENANCE

November 2nd, 2017
NOW’S THE TIME: BARN OWL BOX MAINTENANCE

Now is the time to clean out your barn owl nesting boxes, which depending on where you live are usually empty from Halloween until early December!  Much like teenagers, the owls don’t clean out their own nests (which they create from regurgitated pellets – gross), so you need to help out your rodent-eating friends by removing the nests and replacing them with pine, fir, or hardwood mulch (avoid cedar and…

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Event Calendar
  1. LODI RULES COMM. MEETING

    June 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  2. REC COMM. MEETING

    June 22 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm