UGA Extension Viticulture Blog

Latest weather and tropical outlook as of September 7, 2018

Have you been taking advantage of the glorious weather to harvest your grapes? We have seen better weather than I expected since my last weather update on August 24. The last two weeks have been much below normal in precipitation and temperatures have been running 2-4 degrees above normal during…
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Weather update for the rest of the year

Now that we at the peak of hurricane season, I thought you might like a look at what we can expect for weather the next few weeks and on into the winter. We are currently under the influence of a strong high pressure area, which is bringing sunny skies and…
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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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Harvest update / GOOD LUCK

Well… I hate to say this out loud, but it hasn’t been raining as much recently. Let’s hold on to hope that these high pressure weather patterns that are predicted for next 10 days continue on for six weeks. Muscadines: Harvest has commenced for early-season, fresh market cultivars in south…
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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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Hey rain… leave!

“Rain, rain go away” sounds too fluffy and soft to me at this point… emotions are involved now.  RAIN AND FARMING GRAPES: Growers become rather animated when talking about the weather and how it is (currently negatively) affecting their crop. I completely share their sentiment. It is interesting to see…
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Reminder: Vineyard tour next Wednesday

The vineyard tour is scheduled for next Wednesday, August 8th. Please see previous post here for tour details and information on how to pre-register, which is required. Note that you do not have to ride on the bus if you do not wish. You may opt to driver your personal…
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