UGA Extension Viticulture Blog

Potential Thrips Issues in Blanc du Bois

                    Thrips are small yellowish-brown insects, approximately 0.04 inch long, with feathery wings. Thrips are generally not a problem for wine grapes, but both western flower thrips and grape thrips are known to cause damage on grapes. Western flower thrips are…
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2019 Annual Southern Winegrape Symposium

On June 7 and 8, the Vineyard and Winery Association of West Georgia presents their annual Southern Winegrape Symposium in Carrollton, Georgia. The Winegrape Symposium is for current and aspiring individuals interested in learning more               about winegrape growing and making wine. Wine Tasting 101, a wine class and tasting with wine expert…
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Weather and climate outlook for May, June and beyond

Producers are all busy working in their fields, planting, spraying, and irrigating. Some folks are making hay or working on small grains as well. Here is a look ahead at the weather and climate for the next few weeks. The major feature of the weather across the Southeast for the…
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Grape Disease Management Update

Bloom and post-bloom are critical times for disease management in grapes. Temperatures and rainfall are generally favorable for pathogen development at this time, though conditions are not as wet as those observed last year. This is particularly true for grapes that are susceptible to powdery/downy mildews and Botrytis. The fruit…
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Bloom

Bloom is upon us in bunch grape vineyards in the piedmont and mountains of north Georgia. This is likely also the case in most bunch grape vineyards in Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina, excepting those vineyards planted above 2,000 ft. above sea level and/or those with late-blooming cultivars….
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REMINDER – register for the 2019 Georgia Sparkling Wine Production Conference

Most should be, or will soon be, heavy into shoot thinning their winegrape vineyards. Here is a UGA extension publication (published online as of today!) on effective shoot thinning practices in vineyards: http://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=C1152   Now… a reminder to please register for an educational event that will take place after you…
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Viticulture Workshop at Surry Community College, April 17th

Pesticide Credits Available Wednesday, April 17, 2019 10:00AM-3:30PM Surry Community College, SBVE Building 630 South Main Street, Dobson, NC Pre-Registration Required- Follow the Link Below Registration Fee (includes lunch): $25/person Agenda 10:00 AM – Introduction – NCWA Board Past President Mark Friszolowski 10:05-11:00 AM – Wayne Mitchem/NCSU- Herbicide options for…
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