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  • I assume many of you are still pruning or getting started with it by now for sure. Relative management of diseases associated with pruning cuts, there are a multitude of questions and much still to be learned. I contacted Dr. Kendra Baumgartner, a USDA expert on pruning wounds of grape, to ask a few pertinent…

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  • There are two virtual training opportunities available soon from North Carolina State University. Please feel free to participate in both of these. I have confirmed with Dr. Mark Hoffman that out-of-state guest are welcome to attend. The links for both of these trainings can be found below. Feb 23: Virtual NC Winegrowers Conference: https://grapes.ces.ncsu.edu/2021/02/2021-nc-winegrowers-annual-conference-feb-23/ Mar…

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  • If you are growing muscadine grapes for fresh market or wine, there is a great educational opportunity coming to you from the North Carolina Muscadine Grape Association. There is a $50 fee for non-members. See below for information from Debbie Wechsler concerning this event. A Muscadine Learning and Networking Opportunity! The North Carolina Muscadine Grape…

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  • It is a little early to be concerned about powdery mildew, but this article just came out on early-season powdery mildew identification. Brooke Warres, a graduate student in the University of Georgia Plant Pathology Department, is a co-author on this article. You might tag it for later.

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  • There are a couple of trunk disease educational opportunities that are available. One is a free short course recently developed by Dr. Kendra Baumgartner; the information, though developed in California is very pertinent to Georgia as well. Our primary pruning wound, cordon, and trunk pathogens are those caused by Botryosphaeria and Phomopsis species, in case…

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  • I had a question about use of Topsin M for application to pruning wounds (see label below) and how to best apply this fungicide and others for this purpose. In an ideal world, we could have a sprayer designed specifically to go over the top of the cordons after each day of pruning – a…

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  • I know it is Christmas, but if you can take a few minutes (literally about five at max) to fill out this short survey (see link below), it would be be greatly appreciated. We are conducting this survey as part of a grant application, and if we do receive funds, we hope to research the…

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  • The MyIPM app, developed by multiple universities under the direction of Dr. Guido Schnabel from Clemson University and supported by the Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium, now has a section on bunch grapes. You can readily download this app and use it for identifying diseases, developing spray programs, etc., so it is a very handy…

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  • For those of you who grow muscadines, you might want to review this meeting site. Several muscadine specialists were involved in the meeting, including yours truly, and it provides a good review of the state of the art relative this commodity. Florida muscadine meeting link: https://hos.ifas.ufl.edu/grape/resources/

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  • I hope you will get this information in a variety of ways. John Scaduto (Rabun County Agent) sent this out this morning, so I am simply copying and pasting his information for this blog. “In case you were not aware of it, I wanted to forward this information about the newly established Georgia Agriculture Commodity…

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