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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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Frost

It has been a difficult start to the year for many. Frost has been persistent in this relatively “early” growing season. The most recent frost events have occurred late enough that tissues likely would have been damaged if a frost occurred on a similar calendar date in several previous seasons….
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Management considerations for bunch grape and muscadine vineyards – from NC State Extension

Please see these links for a list of management considerations for bunch grape and muscadine vineyards. These were developed by Mark Hoffmann and other NC State Extension Specialists. https://grapes.ces.ncsu.edu/2020/03/bunch-grape-vineyard-covid-19-chores-march-april/ https://grapes.ces.ncsu.edu/2020/03/muscadine-covid-19-chores-march-april-2020/
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Bud break, frost protection, shoot thinning, and a winemaking resource

Bud break is occurring in some vineyards located in the piedmont and lower elevation mountain regions. The frequent rain events have posed a challenge to pruning on several days. Hopefully many are finished, or near finished, pruning their vineyard. A previous post (https://site.extension.uga.edu/viticulture/2020/03/vineyard-frost-protection-considerations/) discussed frost protection considerations. Shoot thinning is…
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Pierce’s disease management

Pierce’s disease (PD) is a threat to vineyard sustainability in some parts of the southeastern US. PD is particularly a threat to susceptible cultivars planted in vineyards that are located in low-elevation, “warmer” micro-climates. PD was observed in several vineyards in late summer/fall 2019. We have experienced yet another moderate…
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Seasonal vineyard management / new extension publication

Many members of the UGA Viticulture Extension Team have been hard at work this week providing workshops to help industry members develop a sound vineyard pest management plan. Workshops were held in Carrollton on Tuesday and in Dahlonega yesterday; one more workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 17th in…
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Vineyard frost protection considerations

The moderate winter temperatures may result in an early bud break in vineyards. Frost protection may thus be of concern for many industry members throughout Georgia and the southeastern US. Please see this link for our extension bulletin on frost protection considerations. https://secure.caes.uga.edu/extension/publications/files/pdf/B%201490_1.PDF Please also see this link (from eXtension)…
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