UGA Extension Viticulture Blog

Important Update on the Path of Hurricane Florence

Dear Grape Community,   Hurricane Florence predicted path shifted southwards. The storm is predicted to move along I 95 towards South Carolina and then inland. The Coastal Planes will be affected in the next 24 hours by high winds and heavy rain falls. The Moutains can expect heavy rain falls…
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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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