Bunch Grapes

  • 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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  • The 2019 Southeastern US Grape Conferences were well attended in both Atlanta and Asheville. Thanks to those who took time out of their schedules to travel and join us at these events. And thanks again to all of our speakers and sponsors. Please see the following links for PDF versions of the presentations given by…

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  • Please see this link for an update on the names and patent status of five, Pierce’s disease-resistant grapevine cultivars developed by Dr. Andy Walker from UC Davis. https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataId=223142 These cultivars are of particular importance to grape/wine industry stakeholders throughout the southeastern US where Pierce’s disease remains a pervasive threat to vineyard health, particularly in vineyards…

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