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  • Frost damage to varying extents has been reported in vineyards in GA, TN, NC, VA, MD, and PA. Spring frost may still be a threat for some vineyards located in more northern growing regions in the eastern US. For example, according to one online source, a 50% chance of 32 deg. F temperatures remain through…

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  • Brooke Warres, a graduate student in the Plant Pathology Department of the University of Georgia, has been researching powdery mildew resistance to QoI and DMI fungicides. The attached is a news article that she composed, and it will be distributed through various outlets. However, you can have a look at it through the attached. I…

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  • 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 the first canopy management practice…

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  • UCD Pierce’s Disease Resistant Winegrape ReleasesUCD Pierce’s Disease Resistant Winegrape Releases

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  • The Grape Spray Program Design Workshop for March 17, 2020 at Cartecay Vineyards in Ellijay GA has been cancelled due to Coronavirus issues. We are sorry to announce this, but it is necessary in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. We will reschedule at some point, but please contact your local county agent…

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  • 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 winter. We may thus continue…

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  • 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 Ellijay. For more information, please…

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  • 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) on frost injury and avoidance…

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  • UGA Extension Viticulture Blog | Grape Spray Program Design Workshops Disease and insect control are critical components of an IPM program for grapes. Vineyard managers ask questions yearly relative how to set up and administer an efficacious program for management of diseases and insects. In these workshops, vineyard managers will be given the skills and…

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