Sarah Lowder

  • Still time to signup for Aug 16 Vit meeting!

    I’ve received a couple questions about our meeting next Wednesday at Limoges Cellars! There is still time and room to join us, though please make sure to sign up by Monday, 14 Aug so that we can make sure to have enough food. I’m excited for our discussions we’ll have. Ben Shirley with the USDA…

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  • Harvest Decisions

    Some of our earlier harvested varieties, like Blanc du Bois, in west GA have their harvest start scheduled very soon! While many of you still have several weeks before harvest begins, it is time to refresh on things to keep in mind when making harvest decisions. Harvest Decision Considerations: Repost from 2018 by Cain: https://site.extension.uga.edu/viticulture/2018/08/harvest-update-good-luck/…

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  • Summer Considerations for Grapevine Pruning

    We often think about pruning as a winter activity. However, this process starts much earlier in the year. Vines under stress are much more easily identified during the summer. Residual effects from cold damage or trunk disease issues, while they can appear early in the season, are often becoming more apparent as we move forward…

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  • Fruit-zone leaf removal

    Some of you may have already conducted leaf removal in your vineyards, but some of you are now getting into the early fruit development stage where leaf removal is considered more of the ‘standard’ time point. See some of lovely pictures of some fresh leaf removal from Bill Cox. Q: Why remove leaves? A: Fruit-zone…

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  • Japanese Beetle Management

    Out in the Watkinsville Hort Farm this morning I noticed some Japanese beetles – the season is upon us! Below is some information that Dr. Brett Blaauw posted previously that some of you may find helpful. Let me know what ya’ll are seeing in your own vineyards – how has it compared to previous years?…

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  • Hi All! I am just sending out a reminder (with more details!) about the New Grower Symposium on June 24th! For those of you interested in a day to learn about how to start a vineyard, I would love to see you at the New Grape Grower Symposium in at the Carroll County Agricultural Education…

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  • Bloom Tissue Nutrient Sampling

    Bloom is one of the common times for grapevine tissue nutrient sampling. This information is the most useful to look at if you have multiple years of data on the same vines (or want to start that collection) or noticed some foliar nutrition symptoms in the vines previously (as the symptoms are less likely to…

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  • For those of you interested in a day to learn about how to start a vineyard, I would love to see you at the New Grape Grower Symposium in at the Carroll County Agricultural Education Center in Carrollton, GA on Saturday, June 24th! We welcome those who are in the planning (or considering) process! We…

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  • Grower Information Request!

    Hello all! If you are a grape grower in Georgia, please take this survey. The survey, an effort with Nathan Eason and Clark MacAllister, can help the UGA Viticulture Team members better help you! This information will be used to help guide future Extension programming and research efforts, so we need the input of any…

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  • Yesterday was the demonstration of the trunk injection of a bacteriophage product registered for control of Pierce’s disease. Clark MacAllister was able to coordinate the company representatives to visit for the demonstration. For those of you unable to make it out, yesterday, I took some videos of the injection process and recorded some questions (and…

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