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A note about post-harvest fertilization

I have been asked about the need to apply fertilizer after harvest. Studies have shown that root mass increases considerably after harvest, and continues on this trend for about five to six weeks before levelling off at leaf fall.  During the post-harvest / pre-leaf drop period, roots can take up…
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A reflection on Norton winemaking

Dear all: I wanted to share a well-written note regarding Norton winemaking. a note on Norton astringency An industry member wrote it up, and I take absolutely zero credit for it. Thanks to this member for their kindness in sharing their thoughts with the true aim of helping out all…
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Muscadine harvest update

I have had the pleasure of being out and about in some muscadine vineyards over the last several days and wanted to give an update on what’s going on in the muscadine world here in Georgia – it is quite an eventful time with harvest upon us… Fresh market: Harvest…
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Mechanical leaf removal considerations for vineyards

The following was written by John Scaduto, Rabun County Extension Coordinator, ANR Agent, and UGA Viticulture Extension Team member.  Thank you for the insight, John.   Research and experience has necessitated several manual labor tasks being performed in wine grape vineyards before the fruit ever reaches the winery. Of the…
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Monitoring maturity / deciding when to pick.

MONITORING MATURITY: Monitoring grape maturity is important in order to determine when to pick. I am not going to go into the rather subjective details of what defines maturity for making quality wine. Most industry practitioners use a combination of chemical and sensory evaluations to determine when to pick (……
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