Bunch Grapes

  • Many of the fungicides utilized for Botrytis management are no longer efficacious due to resistance development in this fungus.  Now is a great time to collect Botrytis samples for fungicide-resistance testing.  While the funds last, Botrytis resistance testing is free for wine grape producers in most of the Southeast (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina,…

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  • Paula Burke has alerted me that the Japanese beetles are starting to show up in West GA vineyards. They are only just beginning to emerge, so their numbers will increase dramatically over the next few weeks. In large enough numbers, Japanese beetles can be a severe pest of grapes during the summer, feeding mainly on…

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  • Frost

    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. On March 5, a blog…

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  • 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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  • 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 link from NC State to…

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  • 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 short courses in English for…

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  • The latest edition of Small Fruits News is now available here: https://smallfruits.org/category/small-fruit-news/winter-2020/ The “Grape Chores” may be of particular interest to UGA Extension Viticulture Blog subscribers.

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  • A wine grape pruning workshop will be held from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Tuesday, January 28th at Kaya Vineyards in Dahlonega, GA. You must pre-register for this event; lunch is included in registration. Registration link: https://events.attend.com/f/1383791335 Speakers include Rachael White (vineyard manager at Stonewall Creek Vineyards), Dr. Phil Brannen (UGA Extension Specialist of…

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  • A grapevine pruning workshop will be held from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Tuesday, January 28th at Kaya Vineyards in Dahlonega, GA. Speakers include: Rachael White (vineyard manager at Stonewall Creek Vineyards); Phil Brannen (UGA fruit pathology extension specialist), and Cain Hickey (UGA viticulture extension specialist). Indoor presentations will be followed by outdoor pruning…

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  • Happy New Year to all. There are three upcoming industry events occurring in Georgia – two in January and one in early February. The “muscadine session” at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 PM on Saturday, January 11th in Savannah, GA. For more information, see this link:…

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