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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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New Muscadine Production Guide now available

The Muscadine Grape Production Guide for the Southeast was recently published by NC State Extension. Dr. Mark Hoffmann, NC State Small Fruit Extension Specialist, was the primary author and investigator on the project. There were several collaborators, co-authors, and co-editors from UGA and NC State. The project was funded by…
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Dormant vine pruning extension bulletin

Our annual pruning workshop was held yesterday. As a review for those in attendance, and as a reference for those unable to attend, here is UGA Extension Bulletin 1505, “Dormant Spur and Cane Pruning Bunch Grapevines”: https://secure.caes.uga.edu/extension/publications/files/pdf/B%201505_2.PDF   Muscadine pruning was also briefly discussed at the workshop. Here is a…
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Short courses on viticulture, enology, terroir, and sensory analyses… from Bordeaux

A colleague forwarded me the following learning opportunities in viticulture and enology, as particularly related to Bordeaux cultivars. Given that some Bordeaux cultivars are widely planted throughout the southeastern US, these¬† “short courses” may be of interest to some UGA Extension Viticulture Blog subscribers.   Bordeaux Sciences Agro has created…
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