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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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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. Please also see this link (from eXtension)…
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Grape Spray Program Design Workshops


9:30 Registration

10:00 Disease management considerations for developing a spray program

10:30 Insect management considerations for spray program development

11:00 Group work

12:00 Lunch

12:30 Group work

2:00 Group presentations

3:00 Wrap up and final questions with experts


Workshop dates, registration contacts and locations are below (maximum of 20 participants per location, so sign up early to ensure a spot):









Paula Burke at 770-836-8546 or

March 3, 2020

UGA Extension Carroll County Office

900 Newnan Road, Carrollton, GA

(lunch provided on site)



Clark McAllister and Nathan Eason at 706-265-2442 or

March 5, 2020

Lumpkin County Parks and Recreation Building

365 Riley Rd, Dahlonega, GA

(lunch provided on site)



Ashley Hoppers at 706-632-3061 or 706-645-4426 or

March 17, 2020

Cartecay Vineyards

5704 Clear Creek Rd, Ellijay GA

(lunch provided on site)

Grape Spray Program Design Workshop Flyer

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Drosophila and sour rot management

I just wanted to alert everyone that spotted wing drosophila (SWD) management timing is approaching soon. The SWD flies are active nearly year round in these parts, but near veraison as the brix levels in wine grapes reach approximately 15 degrees Brix, the grapes become attractive (and thus susceptible) to…
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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.
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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”:   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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