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SOIL TEXTURE AND VINEYARD MANAGEMENT

SOIL TEXTURE AND VINEYARD MANAGEMENT

MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2020.  BY STAN GRANT, VITICULTURIST. Texture is a fundamental and familiar soil property. Among winegrape growers, it is common knowledge that sandy or lighter textured soils hold less water and consequently, dry more rapidly than clayey or...

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WILL 2020 BE THE DRIEST CALENDAR YEAR ON RECORD?

WILL 2020 BE THE DRIEST CALENDAR YEAR ON RECORD?

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2020.  BY WILL FARR, WESTERN WEATHER GROUP. Prior to the .09” of rain that fell on November 17th and 18th at Stockton Metropolitan Airport, you have to go all the way back to May 30th to find the last recorded measurable rainfall (.02”). That’s...

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THE WINE & GRAPE MARKET

THE WINE & GRAPE MARKET

MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2020.  BY STUART SPENCER, LODI WINEGRAPE COMMISSION. COVID not only upended our lives but upended the wine and grape market in ways no one expected. Prior to the lockdowns that took effect in March, on-premise sales (restaurants, bars, etc.)...

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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF OWN-ROOTED OLD VINES IN LODI

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF OWN-ROOTED OLD VINES IN LODI

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2020.  BY RANDY CAPAROSO. They are called "own-rooted." Growers in Lodi have also used terms like "natural roots" and "wild-rooted." Whatever it's called, the vast majority of old vines planted before the mid-1960s in Lodi were planted on their...

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THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR WEED SCIENCE

THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR WEED SCIENCE

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2020.  BY LARRY WHITTED, INDEPENDENT PCA. Several years ago, for my birthday, my oldest daughter gave me a copy of a book by A.J. Jacobs entitled The Know-It-All. While I couldn’t understand the reasoning behind that particular gift, my friends...

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