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Southeast Climate Outlook for Summer and Fall 2020

Main points: Neutral conditions are expected to change to La NiƱa by fall Active Atlantic hurricane season, but no way to know where they will go Long-term trends towards higher temperatures and humidity, especially at night Warmer and wetter conditions likely across Southeast summer, especially near Gulf Coast, with warmer…
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Fungal Resistance Management Videos

Much of the wine grape pathology research we have conducted in Georgia over the last 2-3 years has been associated with resistance management of fungal pathogens such as downy mildew, powdery mildew, Botrytis and others. Alternation or tank-mixing of different fungicide classes is critical for prevention of resistance development. Under…
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Response to Cold-damaged Vines

Vineyards in many of the northern counties of Georgia have received cold damage on multiple occasions this year.  The most recent damage occurred 10 May, which means that grapes were phenologically more advanced that one would have observed with past frost/freeze events.  In fact, this is the latest event of…
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COVID 19 Assistance for Farmers

See below for a message from our Associate Dean relative new funds that are available for helping farmers. I am not sure whether wine grape producers could benefit from these funds or not, but I am sure that muscadine producers for fresh market consumption could benefit. At a minimum, I…
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Tough spring weather for grape growers

This has been a tough year for growing grapes in northern Georgia. Climatologists know that neutral years like this one, when there is no El Nino or La Nina in place, are often years with a lot of ups and downs in temperature, and this has certainly been no exception….
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Webinar with Abby Snyder (Cornell), Beth Chang (VT) and Anna Katharine Mansfield (Cornell) on COVID 19 and Winery Operations

Mark Hoffman, viticulturist for NCSU, sent me the following information this morning. There will be a pertinent webinar on responding to COVID in winery operations. The webinar will take place on Monday, May 18th from 12-1:30 PM, and is titled “Re”wine”ing the Clock in a Post-COVID World: ensuring personal safety &…
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Watson Training System Extension Publication

University personnel and industry members collaborated to develop the newly pubished (today, 4/27/2020) UGA Extension Bulletin: Watson Training System for Bunch Wine Grapes. Here is a link to the publication: https://secure.caes.uga.edu/extension/publications/files/pdf/B%201522_2.PDF Growers in GA and TX often train Pierce’s disease (PD)-tolerant bunch wine grape cultivars using the Watson System. The…
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Further thoughts on frost – from Tony

Frost damage to varying extents has been reported in vineyards in GA, TN, NC, VA, MD, and PA. Spring frost may still be a threat for some vineyards located in more northern growing regions in the eastern US. For example, according to one online source, a 50% chance of 32…
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