CRUSH DISTRICT 11 VINEYARD COST STUDY RELEASED

December 28th, 2016
CRUSH DISTRICT 11 VINEYARD COST STUDY RELEASED

We are VERY happy to report that UC Davis has released the 2016 vineyard cost study for Crush District 11 Cabernet Sauvignon. Click here for the study: UC Davis 2016 Crush District 11 Vineyard Cost Study The 23-page study represents the efforts of: Paul S. Verdegaal, Farm Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension, San Joaquin County Daniel A. Sumner, Director, UC Agricultural Issues Center, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis Jeremy Murdock,…

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2017 GREEN MEDAL AWARD APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN

December 19th, 2016
2017 GREEN MEDAL AWARD APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN

Third Annual California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards California vineyards and wineries are encouraged to apply for the 2017 California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards. Applications are being accepted at www.greenmedal.org now through February 3rd, 2017. 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 number…

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PAUL’S POST-HARVEST CHECKLIST

December 8th, 2016
PAUL’S POST-HARVEST CHECKLIST

It’s of utmost importance to keep busy during the winter months, and luckily there are plenty of projects needing labor year-round!   Below is a post-harvest checklist from Paul Verdegaal (San Joaquin County Farm Advisor, UCCE) for 2016: Irrigation system repairs Irrigation until rains (If rains stop for extended time, supplemental winter irrigation is helpful; especially if irrigation is timed just before next rain.) No Nitrogen (Potassium is OK) Identify weeds…

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LWC CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

November 17th, 2016
LWC CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

Lodi Winegrape Commission Celebrates its 25th Anniversary The last five years have seen a tremendous swell of support and recognition for the Lodi wine region, most notable being the receipt of the coveted title of 2015 Wine Region of the Year from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. This success could not have happened, however, without the dedication and vision of the region’s winegrowers and the grower-established and funded Lodi Winegrape Commission. Lodi’s…

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CDFA AWARDS ZINFANDEL GRANT

November 2nd, 2016
CDFA AWARDS ZINFANDEL GRANT

Specialty Crop Block Grant from CDFA Awarded to Zinfandel Advocates & Producers for Zinfandel: Stories of America’s Heritage Grape The Association of Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) recently announced the award of a Specialty Crop Block Grant in the amount of $256,291 from The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).  The funds awarded during the next two years will support the association’s launch of a campaign called:  “Zinfandel: Stories of America’s…

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SELECTING A ROOTSTOCK FOR A WINEGRAPE VINEYARD

October 7th, 2016
SELECTING A ROOTSTOCK FOR A WINEGRAPE VINEYARD

For over 130 years, rootstocks have been available to protect grapevines form soilborne pests. From the beginning, rootstocks have displayed varying influences on the composite grapevine created by grafting. These include influences on grapevine growth, fruit yield, and other viticulturally important vine attributes. During this time, researchers have chronicled many rootstock influences in field trials and controlled environments, and the published record of their findings is extensive (see selected works…

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COMPARATIVE WINE GROWING CLIMATOLOGY

September 29th, 2016
COMPARATIVE WINE GROWING CLIMATOLOGY

Climate is of paramount importance to winegrape growing. The seasonal pattern of sunlight, temperature, rainfall, and humidity influences both above ground and below ground vineyard environments. It sets the length of growing seasons and influences the likelihood of cold damage. Climate is the principle driver of seasonal vine growth and development, including fruit ripening and the development of sensory characteristics in grapes. Almost as important, climate affects the incidence, life…

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6 PODCASTS for HARVEST-TIME

September 19th, 2016
6 PODCASTS for HARVEST-TIME

Long gone are the days when the daily newspaper was the main source of information for a community.  While the newspaper is still an excellent source of information and is fun to read, there now exists other outlets for staying connected and learning about the world.  One outlet in particular provides entertainment, convenience, and a sense of friendship to those spending long hours on the road or in the field: the PODCAST….

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LWC Welcomes Dr. Stephanie Bolton

September 12th, 2016
LWC Welcomes Dr. Stephanie Bolton

Press Release from Calhoun & Company: The Lodi Winegrape Commission, which represents over 750 winegrowers in the Lodi AVA, has recently announced the appointment of Dr. Stephanie Bolton to Grower Communications & Sustainable Winegrowing Director. Bolton assumed her new role on August 15, 2016. In her position at the Lodi Winegrape Commission, Bolton will provide targeted and daily support to Lodi winegrape growers in the areas of advanced grower education…

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WEATHER OUTLOOK and TOOLS

September 6th, 2016
WEATHER OUTLOOK and TOOLS

Long Range Outlook… Growers are probably wondering if this upcoming rainy season will be a benefit to the water picture for 2017. Present long range outlooks are calling for a weak La Nina to develop over the waters of the Equatorial Eastern Pacific this fall and remain in place at least through the winter months. These slightly cooler than normal conditions would be in sharp contrast to the moderate strength…

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Event Calendar
  1. NITROGEN MANAGEMENT SEMINAR

    May 25 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am