UGA Extension Viticulture Blog

Pierce’s Disease Update

Pierce’s disease (PD), caused by the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa, is quite prevalent in many locations this year.  The cold winter this last year has not made up for the two previous warm winters, so the bacterium has survived and prospered over the last 2-3 years. Unfortunately, once vines are infected…
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Shoo fly, don’t bother me…SWD in wine grapes

As the brix levels in the grapes continue to rise, the attractiveness of the fruit to spotted wing drosophila (SWD) also increases. We are currently only catching a few SWD in our monitoring traps, but this is expected to drastically increase in the next few weeks. And since SWD is…
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Botrytis Resistance Testing

Some of you already tried sending Botrytis samples to Clemson for fungicide resistance testing — only to find out that the service was no longer offered. However, Dr. Guido Schnabel will be conducting studies with the PROFILE system in early September, so he is volunteering to take Botrytis samples at…
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Grape root borer – REMINDER

We are still detecting grape root borer adults in north Georgia. This means that the adults are still active, with females potentially still laying eggs. While we are getting a little late for chemical control, if you have more than 35 days before harvest, you can use Lorsban 4E* (chlorpyrifos).This is…
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Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew, and Black Rot Warnings

We are starting to see diseases pop up on both European vinifera and hybrid grapes.  For some of these, such as anthracnose and Phomopsis, much of the initial infection occurred much earlier.  The goal now would be to prevent secondary spread — especially to developing clusters.  Relative downy mildew, Sarah…
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Downy Mildew Resistance in Georgia

Sarah Campbell, a graduate student in the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Georgia, has been reviewing our situation with downy mildew resistance to three fungicide classes utilized in Georgia.  The maps in the document below show the counties which she has surveyed and whether resistance has been found…
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Muscadine Coordinative Extension Team Building Meeting in North Carolina, Aug 14th 2018

Dear colleagues and friends, I am very happy to announce the first our first Muscadine Extension Team Building effort for North Carolina.   This meeting focuses on developing and building extension teams and to coordinate extension efforts around the muscadine industry in the Southeast. This meeting focus primarily on extension personnel,…
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