UGA Extension Viticulture Blog

Late winter pruning, frost protection, and timely disease and weed management

I have received calls/concerns about adjusting pruning practice based on the warm weather patterns we are currently experiencing. The questions really being asked are “when should I final prune?” and “should I delay prune?” given the high potential for yet another relatively early bud break this year. –When to make…
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Small Fruits Newsletter – grape chores

Please see this PDF for a list of timely “grape chores” that are published quarterly in the Small Fruits Newsletter from the Southern Region Small Fruits Consortium (www.smallfruits.org). UGA Extension Viticulture Team members Dr. Phil Brannen and Mr. Wayne Mitchem have both contributed to this edition’s grape chores.  We thank…
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Presentations from the 2018 GWP Conference

As promised, here are the presentations from the 2018 Georgia Wine Producers Conference: Jason Burrus: Hybrid winemaking_GWP_Burrus Tony Wolf: Nutrition_GWP_Wolf Annette Boyd: VA marketing_GWP_Boyd Rachael White: VSP retro-fit_GWP-White Cain Hickey: Growing blend_GWP_Hickey Andy Walker: PD-resistant_GWP_Walker Thanks to all of our presenters and all who came out to support and enjoy this wonderful event. Already looking forward…
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February 8th Pruning Workshop update – Sponsorship/Demo

There is a very welcomed update to the February 8th pruning workshop at Cartecay Vineyards: SNA Manufacturing, LLC, based out of Acworth GA, will be sponsoring this event.  SNA Manufacturing (http://www.snamfg.com/) is a US distributor of several agricultural management products.  The product line that SNA Manufacturing distributes that is pertinent…
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Pruning workshop to be held on February 8th, 2018

Our first workshop of the year, a pruning workshop, will be held on Thursday, February 8th from 10 AM – 3:00 PM. The workshop will be held at Cartecay Vineyards (5704 Clear Creek Rd, Ellijay, GA 30536), and we extend our appreciation in advance to Larry Lykins and his crew…
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Pierce’s disease-tolerant winegrape releases from UC Davis

Please see below for a PDF that UC Davis grape breeder, Dr. Andy Walker, shared with me last night. UC Davis PD-tolerant winegrape releases The PDF describes four of the Pierce’s disease (PD)-tolerant winegrape cultivars that are nearing release from his breeding program.  These releases have great potential to expand…
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Call for intern requests: 2018 Winegrowers of Georgia

Happy New Year to y’all. This is a final reminder to send along internship requests and flyers to me (vitis@uga.edu) by February 15th to be considered a potential host for the 2018 edition of the Winegrowers of Georgia internship program. Here is a former post with more information: site.extension.uga.edu/viticulture/2017/11/reminder-winegrowers-of-georgia-intenrship-program-for-2018/ Best…
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Grapevine Trunk Diseases Review

If you are really interested in learning about grapevine trunk diseases, this new journal article is for you (see link).  It is a highly scientific article which covers the state of the art relative this topic.  We mainly have issues with Botryosphaeria-type diseases, and I include Phomopsis in this category…
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