A ROCKET SCIENTIST SAVED MY FARM.

A ROCKET SCIENTIST SAVED MY FARM.

NOVEMBER 11, 2019.  BY BRENDON ROCKEY, HIGH COUNTRY NEWS. If I tell you details about how a rocket scientist saved my farm, it would probably just distract you, even though it’s true. Equally true is the fact that almost all farms can be saved and are worth saving,...
LEAFROLL VIRUS TAILGATE TALK RECAP

LEAFROLL VIRUS TAILGATE TALK RECAP

NOVEMBER 4, 2019.  BY STEPHANIE BOLTON, PHD, LODI WINEGRAPE COMMISSION. Grapevine viruses pose a severe threat to the sustainability of California viticulture.  Growers are losing contract dollars as wineries reject grape loads due to virus-induced ripening problems. ...
EXPANDED CAL/OSHA REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE NEW YEAR.

EXPANDED CAL/OSHA REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE NEW YEAR.

OCTOBER 28, 2019.  BY AMY WOLFE, AGSAFE. This year’s legislative session ended as most due, amongst a flurry of activity and last-minute wrangling to ensure bills reached the governor’s desk.  In the pile, since signed by Governor Newsom, were Assembly Bills (AB) 1804...
TEN MORE GRAPES TO KNOW.

TEN MORE GRAPES TO KNOW.

OCTOBER 21, 2019.  BY RANDY CAPAROSO. One of the joys of the annual wine harvest is being able to get up close and personal with a good variety of grapes, bursting with ripened flavors on the vine. Since there are over 100 wine grapes grown in Lodi alone, this time of...
POST HARVEST VINEYARD MANAGEMENT.

POST HARVEST VINEYARD MANAGEMENT.

OCTOBER 15, 2019.  BY STAN GRANT, VITICULTURIST. All season long, the focus of those of us involved in the winegrape business has been producing an economically viable crop that meets or exceeds winery expectations. Naturally, we feel greatly relieved after the winery...
HOW GRAPEVINE ROOTS GROW

HOW GRAPEVINE ROOTS GROW

SEPTEMBER 30, 2019.  BY TIM MARTINSON, CORNELL UNIVERSITY. Compared to the above-ground portions of a grapevine, root structure and function is more of a mystery to most growers.  Roots extract nutrients and water from the soil, and are also the dominant storage organ...
CAL/OSHA ENFORCEMENT TRENDS IN AGRICULTURE

CAL/OSHA ENFORCEMENT TRENDS IN AGRICULTURE

SEPTEMBER 16, 2019.  BY AMY WOLFE, AGSAFE. Each year, Cal/OSHA releases enforcement trends for all industries and agriculture is no exception.  From October 2017 through September 2018, the agency stayed busy tracking the occupational injuries and illnesses of our...
WINE GRAPE ACIDITY, pH, & POTASSIUM

WINE GRAPE ACIDITY, pH, & POTASSIUM

SEPTEMBER 2, 2019.  BY STAN GRANT, VITICULTURIST. In grape berries, acidity imparts tart or sour taste.  Both too little and too much acidity are problems for wineries.  Too little acidity results in flat and uninteresting wines, but too much acidity results in...
WHERE TO FIND SOME OF THE MARKED HERITAGE VINEYARDS OF LODI

WHERE TO FIND SOME OF THE MARKED HERITAGE VINEYARDS OF LODI

AUGUST 26, 2019.  BY RANDY CAPAROSO. 2019 Zinfandel growing in Klinker Brick’s well marked Marisa Vineyard on Lodi’s east side Most of the Lodi’s growing legion of wine fans have come to know the top brands. Names such as Michael David Winery, Klinker...
EMERGENCY WILDFIRE SMOKE REGULATION ADOPTED

EMERGENCY WILDFIRE SMOKE REGULATION ADOPTED

AUGUST 19, 2019.  BY AMY WOLFE, AGSAFE. The Impact to Employers We are all aware that California has been ravaged by wildfires in recent years. The loss of life and property has been historical and has meaningfully changed how some in our agricultural community...
LWC WELCOMES NEW BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

LWC WELCOMES NEW BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

AUGUST 12, 2019.  BY LODI WINEGRAPE COMMISSION. The Lodi Winegrape Commission’s Board is comprised of nine volunteer Commissioners and an additional nine Alternates.  The Board supports the Commission’s new mission statement: “To empower all Lodi...